Anup Kumar Acharya

Fulltime Faculty,
School of Law
Honors and Awards


Mr Acharya is an expert of Environmental Law. He also teaches Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Water Law, Administrative Law and Legislative Drafting to undergraduate students.


LL.M, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK


Acharya's experience ranges from serving in Nepalese Judiciary to various research projects, academic and administrative activities. He commenced his career with Nepal Government as a section officer and exited as a Joint-Secretary after completing fourteen years.

Furthermore, Acharya is an experienced Policy and legislative framework drafter, reviewer and analyst. He is an experienced legal consultant in the field of law and development. He has experience in imparting the legal opinion on national and international issues especially in the area of hydro-power and irrigational development projects. Kali-Gandaki Hydro-power, Aandhi Khola Irrigation and Mahakali Irrigation projects are some of the projects on which Acharya was substantially involved in providing legal opinion. Before joining Kathmandu University School of Law, Acharya was associated with Regent International Academy, an institute established for the purpose of operating the value and quality based academic and research activities in Nepal.

Acharya was involved in the drafting of Constitution of Kingdom of Nepal, 1990 as a legal officer of Constitution Recommendation Commission constituted under chairpersonship of Supreme Court Justice Biswanath Upadhyay. He was decorated with Gorkha Dakshin Bahu by King Birendra for the commendable work he performed during the drafting of the Constitution.

In addition to the Master's Degree in Environmental law and Conservation from University of Kent, UK in 1998, Acharya has also studied "Water Sharing Arrangements between United States and Canada in Columbia River Treaty" from University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. His study was guided by Prof. Charles Bourne, a renowned International Water law expert. Mr. Acharya is also experienced with Legislative Drafting. Furthermore, he has been involved in the drafting of several important Acts of Nepal, Eastern University Act, University Grant Commission Act, Nepal Scout Act, National Water resources Development Council's mandate and organizational structure and other Water related legislations. In 1992, Mr. Acharya attended the Legislative Drafting Training conducted by Ripa International Ltd. London, under the British Government Scholarship. Acharya observed the Water sharing arrangements and Decentralization system in Central Asia by visiting the Kyrgyzstan and other central Asian countries under the UNDP/ESCAPE/ TCDC Exchange Visit Program, leading the team of Nepalese experts.

Acharya was a member participant in the International Dundee Water Conference, 2000 conducted by University of Dundee, Scotland. In this International conference Mr. Acharya presented Nepalese position and view on Riparian Rights and Duties for sharing of water resources in the light of Indo Nepal Water Sharing Arrangements. In 1995, he participated in the International Arbitration Seminar conducted by International law Institute (ILI), Georgetown University, USA.

As the core member of Steering Committee constituted by Kathmandu University for the establishment of KUSL, Acharya was involved in the preparation and development of integrated five year law and management integrated (BBMLLB) curriculum, along with the development of network with national and international universities and law schools.

Acharya conducted two General Elections of House of Representatives in the capacity of Election (Returnee) Officer at Constituency No. 3 of Kaski District in 2051 BS and Constituency No. 6 of Morang district in 2054 BS.

Before joining Nepalese Government, he was associated with Senior Advocate Basudev Dhungana's law firm where he was working as solicitor. During this period, he also used to appear in the court and participate in the hearing process as an associate counsel.

Honors and Awards

Gorkha Dakshin Bahu, 2048 BS (1991)