Nepalese Army Judge Advocate General

Major General Ratna Prakash Thapa was born in Syangja District of Nepal on 31 August 1966. He was commissioned as Lieutenant of JAG's Department in 1991 and currently holding the prestigious position of Judge Advocate General of Nepali Army.

He holds Master's Degree in Law (LLM in Criminal Law and Justice) from the Purbanchal University and Master's Degree in Political Science from the Tribhuvan University of Nepal. Maj General Thapa has participated in numerous national as well as international trainings and seminars. Some of the major courses and seminars he has attended are Judge Advocate Basic Course from Virginia of USA, Human Rights Law Course from Italy, International Humanitarian Law Course from China, Military Operation Course from Hawaii (USA), Singapore and Australia and Coalition Air Operation Law Exercise from Hawaii. He has completed Technical Officers' Basic Course, Company Command and Staff Course and Military Police Course from Nepali Army and Senior Officer Crime Investigation Course from Nepal Police Academy. He has also served as instructor of Crime Investigation Course conducted in Nepali Army.

As far as his acquaintance in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, he has served as a Deputy Operation Officer in UNIFIL Lebanon in 1996, Deputy Force Legal Officer in UNAMSIL Sierra Leone in 2000 and Force Provost Marshal in UNMIS Sudan in 2008.

As a prominent Legal Officer of JAG's Department of Nepali Army, he has served in many important appointments in his career including Brigade Legal Officer in No. 3 and No. 4 Brigade, Division Legal Officer in Mid-Western Division HQ, Deputy JAG in Army HQ and Chairman of Appellate Committee formed under the provision of Military Act 2006 to hear appeal against the judgment of Summary Court Martial and District Court Martial. In addition to these appointments, he has also played an important and praiseworthy role in peace process of Nepal as a representative member of Nepali Army in the Army Integration Special Committee for the purpose of systematic integration. For his remarkable contribution in the development of Nepalese Military Justice System, he has been awarded with the COAS Commendation by the Chief of Army Staff.

He is happily married with Mina Thapa and blessed with a son Raj Bikram and two daughters Rakshya and Rasila.

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