Sarmila Shrestha (2009)

Kathmandu , NPL
Sarmila Shrestha recently established Justice for All along with PILnet International Fellow Gambhir Singh Air and six other public interest lawyers. Justice for All provides legal aid to citizens in need in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Dhangadhi. The organization plans to expand its work to include capacity building for public interest lawyers through legal education, and to include corporate social responsibility in its areas of focus.  In addition to her work with Justice for All, Sarmila is also a member of Public Interest Law Advocacy and Litigation Nepal (PILAL). PILAL was established and is run by the PILnet International Fellows of Nepal; the organization aims to advance human rights in Nepal through litigation and advocacy and works in close partnership with PILnet. Since 2004, Sarmila has also worked with the Forum for Protection of Public Interest (Pro Public) as a public interest lawyer in the field of protection and promotion of human rights and social justice. She has been involved with Pro Public’s advocacy work, including identifying issues for advocacy, preparing matters for litigation, and arguing cases before the Supreme Court of Nepal and other Nepali courts. At Pro Public, Sarmila has also coordinated national and regional training programs, and seminars and workshops on capacity building of law enforcement agencies. She currently works with Pro Public as a consultant developing its public interest litigation strategy. Before beginning her work at Pro Public, Sarmila served as program coordinator at the Community Legal Consultancy Service Center in Kathmandu, where she provided free legal service and advice to women who have been victims of violence. Sarmila has long served on the executive board of the Constitutional Lawyers’ Forum in Kathmandu and is a member of the Nepal Bar; she also served on the board of the Men Engage Alliance National Core Group in Nepal until 2009. Sarmila earned her LL.M. in 2004 from the University of Pune and her bachelor's degree in law from Tribhuvan University in 1999. As a PILnet International Fellow, Sarmila deepened her understanding of strategies to protect and promote human rights and social justice ideals through public interest litigation in Nepal.