Villages in Nepal

Kharikhola, Waku and Kaku are small villages in Nepal, approximately 2000 meters above sea level, several days trek south of Lukla, which is the starting point for treks northward to Everest Base Camp.Several international efforts seek to work with and for the inhabitants of Kharikhola, while Waku and Kaku have yet to receive much support for their own development.These efforts include some funds in memory of Mariane and Dorothea Heyerdahl to improve the educational opportunities in Kharikhola, Kaku and Waku.

Mariane (2.6.1891 – 28.5.1984) worked for decades at an orphanage in Southern Norway; Doro (8.12 1894 – 25.4.1988) worked as a teacher in several Norwegian towns and villages. Doro discovered and encouraged the poet Jan-Magnus Bruheim in Sjåk, and the poet Tor Jonsson while she taught in Lom.

The initiatives include
– internet connections and more English training for Kharikhola High School.

– training to empower the women and parents of school children in Waku and Kaku, provided by Taksindu Social Welfare, a local NGO.

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Tracking Justice Democratically

Is international judicial human rights review anti-democratic and therefore illegitimate, and objectionably epistocratic to boot? Or is such review compatible with – and even a recommended component of – an epistemic account of democracy? This article defends the latter position, laying out the case for the legitimacy, possibly democratic legitimacy of such judicial review of democratically enacted legislation and policy making. Section 1 offers a brief conceptual sketch of the kind of epistemic democracy and the kind of international human rights courts of concern – in particular the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Section 2 develops some of the relevant aspects of democratic theory: components of an epistemic justification for democratic majority rule, namely to determine whether proposed policy and legislation bundles are just, and providing assurance thereof. Several critical premises and scope conditions are noted in section 3. Section 4 considers the case(s) for international judicial review, arguing that such review helps secure those premises and scope conditions. The section goes on to consider the scope such review should have – and some objections to such an account. “Tracking Justice Democratically.” Social Epistemology 2017 (3): 324-339. [D0I/LINK] [SSRN][WEB].


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