Ajay Shankar Jha “Rupesh”

Public Defender Society of Nepal

Executive Director

Mr. Ajay Shankar Jha “Rupesh” is the Executive Director of PDS-Nepal. Mr. Jha joined ILF-Nepal in 2008 after working for eight years as a private advocate. Besides providing direct legal representation as a trained defense lawyer, Mr. Jha is also actively involved in conducting a series of training to defense lawyers of Nepal. Mr. Jha has provided his expert suggestions on the draft handbook named “Early access to legal aid in criminal justice processes: a handbook for policymakers and practitioners”, developed by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). And had also provided his expert view on the draft of “Model Law on Legal Aid in Criminal Justice System”, developed by (UNODC). Jha has also served as the Chairman of the Janakpur Youth Club and was a founding member of the Mithila People Service Council.