Mr. Khimlal Devkota was educated at Tribhuvan University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and two Master’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology, respectively. He was a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court of Nepal from 1990 to 2005. In 2006, he became a member of the Interim Constitution Drafting Committee and then the Interim Legislature Parliament of Nepal. In these roles, he was closely involved in law-making and the tough negotiating process to create a consensus in the political transition. He focused on finding solutions to such issues as army integration, monarchy dissolution, and Maoist inclusion in parliament. In 2008, he became a member of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal and, in 2009, a member of the Constitutional Committee of Nepal. Here, he acted as a drafting committee member and contributed as a member of the Task force for High Level Political Mechanisms in important negotiations. Furthermore, Mr. Devkota was the Chairperson of the National Intellectuals Organization of Nepal until 2015 where he was heavily involved in facilitating intellectual discourse on constitutionalism and good governance.
Finally, Mr. Devkota has widespread experience in presenting guest lectures and participation in seminars across the world and his frequent contributions to Gorkhapatra National Daily are widely read. He has also been actively involved in the human rights movement of Nepal for more than two decades and has been published widely in the areas of constitutional, administrative, and human rights law. Mr. Devkota is currently a senior advocate for the Supreme Court of Nepal from his role as legal and constitutional adviser at Swabhiman Law Firm and Consultancy and doing PhD in anthropology in the topic of Leadership Crisis.