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Join the Law and International Development Society, the Harvard Asia Law Society, the JD/MPP Joint Degree Law Students Association, the Harvard Advocates for Human Rights, and the Harvard International Law Journal for an event with Bhojraj Pokharel, a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He will discuss the challenges and opportunities in post conflict constitution writing process, with a focus on his experience from Nepal. Nepal promulgated it’s constitution after a decade long civil war. Chinese food will be served.
Over the past decade, Mr. Pokharel assumed various roles in election processes. He served as chief election commissioner of Nepal (2006-2009), co-led the Carter Center’s 2015 Electoral Observation Mission to Myanmar and served as a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s High Level Panel to Bangladesh during the 2008 elections. In 2010, the U.N. Secretary General also entrusted him with the responsibility of overseeing the Southern Sudan’s Referenda process as a member of the high-level panel.
Bhojraj joined the Kofi Anan Foundation in 2016 as a member of the Electoral Integrity Initiative’s Core Team. Previously, Mr. Pokharel served the government of Nepal as a permanent secretary in various ministries including Home Affairs. He holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Master of Arts in Economics from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. His (co-authored) book “Nepal Votes for Peace,” a publication by Cambridge University Press – India, highlights the challenges of managing a post-conflict election.