Upendra D. Acharya, S.J.D.

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Acharya has written numerous articles on international law, Constitutional law, administrative law, and comparative law as well as presented papers and delivered lectures in national and international conferences in the North and South America,...

Upendra D. Acharya

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

S.J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School

LL.M. University of Utah College of Law

M.C.L. University of Delhi, India

LL.B. Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

Administrative Law

Comparative Law

Constitutional Law

Human Rights

International Business Transactions

International Environmental Law

International Law

International Law in U.S. Courts

Political Economy of Law and Development


Professor Acharya has written numerous articles on international law, Constitutional law, administrative law, and comparative law as well as presented papers and delivered lectures in national and international conferences in the North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Middle East.  He has represented landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Nepal, including daughters’ right to inherent property, and the Godabary Marble Case that resulted in the enactment of an Environmental Protection Act in Nepal. He also has worked toward eradicating bonded labor systems in far western areas of Nepal. Professor Acharya has consulted with and has been involved in various NGOs, including ITC/UNCTAD/GATT and OXFAM/Nepal, and also has served as pro tem judge on the Tribal Appeals Court.

Book chapter titled “Legal Anthropology of Kamaiya (bonded labor)System in Nepal in a Comparative law and Anthropology Handbook Series in Law and the Social Sciences, Edward Elgar Publisher (Expected 2017)

Work in Progress on Human Security and International Law in the 21st Century: Soft Approaches to Hard Problems

Future of Human Development: Right to Survive as a Fundamental Element of Tight to Development,  Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, 2015

Human Rights, Corporate Corruption and Good Governance, published in a book compiled by the Professors of the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University (Chennai, India), 2014

Distinguishing Between Piracy and Terrorism: Somalia and International Law, published in a book compiled by Multinational Maritime Security Center of Excellence (Marmaris, Turkey), 2014

Globalization and Hegemony Shift: Are States Merely Agents of Corporate Capitalism? (Boston College Law Review and International and Comparative Law Review), 2013

International Aid and Assistance to Constrain Piracy in Somalia: Ignored Facts and the Political Delivery of Charity(Maritime Security and Piracy: Global Issues, Challenges and Solutions, ed. By Bimal N. Patel and Hitesh Thakkar, Eastern Book Company, Lucknow), January 2013

International Lawlessness, International Politics and Terrorism: A Conundrum of International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy (special issue–Denver Journal of International Law and Policy), April 2012

ICJ’s Kosovo Decision: Economical Reasoning of Law and Question of Legitimacy of the Court (Chicago-Kent Journal of International Law and Comparative Law), Spring 2012

ICJ and Maintaining International Peace and Security, Antonine University Conference Proceedings, Beirut, Lebanon, 2011

Interlocking Theory of International Law and International Policies, Conference  Proceedings, Athens, Greece, 2010

War on Terror or Terror Wars:  Problem in Defining Terrorism, 37 Denver Journal of International Law and Policy 4. (2009) (SSRN)

Is Development a Lost Paradise?  Trade, Environment and Development: A Traidic Dream of International Law, 45 Alberta Law Review 2 (2007) (SSRN)