Professor David Pimentel is among eight Americans, only person from Florida invited.
Florida Coastal School of Law professor David Pimentel will travel to Nepal this week, in an effort to help reestablish the former monarchy and Hindu State’s Constitution. An expert in international court governance, Pimentel will focus exclusively on judicial reform during the three-day conference.
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) won the largest number of seats in the Constituent Assembly election held on April 10, 2008. The Party has since insisted on the abolition of the monarchy, with Nepal transitioning to a democracy with an elected leader.
Pimentel is one of only eight U.S. legal experts and the only one from Florida who has been invited to help Nepal with its constitutional conference this week.
One of the big issues Pimentel believes will be tackled is Nepal's currently corrupted government. The American system of checks and balances, with its judicial branch, could act as a safeguard, he said, but simply copying the U.S. governing model overseas would not be a solution.
"You have to be very sensitive diplomatically because there is always a certain amount of suspicion that you are an American, so all you want to do is to export American-style justice," he said. "The rest of the world is real leery about that, especially after the American intervention in Iraq."
Pimentel previously headed Rule of Law efforts in the Sudan for the United Nations mission there in 2006. He was also instrumental in reforming Bosnia's court system after the Dayton Peace Accords ended the war in the Balkans in the 1990s.
Though unsure if he will return to Nepal as formal Constitutional restructuring moves forward, Pimentel is hopeful his skill-sets will be called upon in the coming months.
“If my recommendations are taken,” he said. “I feel confident I can be of great assistance to Nepal. I’d love to be a part of paving the way towards creating a better life for them.”