Community Mediation in Nepal

Peace-builder and lawyer, The Asia Foundation

Preeti Thapa is a peacebuilder and U.S.-trained lawyer, with 19 years of experience in law and law-related fields, gender, peacebuilding, and governance. She is a mediator and also a certified master trainer in interest-based mediation. She is an active member of a small community of mediation professionals in Nepal. She has worked to develop and institutionalize community mediation program in 14 districts through five partner NGOs. Preeti had helped the partners to train more than 4,000 community mediators, of which one third is women mediators.     

Ms. Thapa has developed and led training programs in mediation and dialogue ranging from community members to government officials and diplomats in Nepal and various other countries. She is a trainer of the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy’s courses on Dialogue and Mediation. She had the opportunity to present her mediation work internationally at workshops and conferences organized by the UN, civil societies, and academia. In addition, she has published articles related to mediation and peacebuilding.

Ms. Thapa has edited Compilation and Analysis of Gender Justice Cases of Nepal (Forum for Protection of Public Interest, 2003). She has published papers and blogs related to peacebuilding. She is a member of the Nepal Bar Association and of the Community Mediators’ Society Nepal. She is a visiting faculty at Kathmandu University and the Army Command and Staff College, Shivapuri, Nepal on Conflict Transformation.   

Ms. Thapa’s other country experience includes Afghanistan, Mongolia, Laos, India, and USA.  

Education: Master of Laws (LL.M), School of Law, University of New Hampshire, USA