Mandira Sharma is a lawyer and human rights defender known for her work against impunity in Nepal. For the past two decades she has worked to promote human rights and the rule of law by monitoring and documenting cases of human rights violations, and by challenging such cases through advocacy and litigation at both national and international levels. She is one of the founders of Advocacy Forum, an organisation of human rights lawyers in Nepal, and was awarded the Human Rights Watch's prestigious Human Rights Defender Award in 2006. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Essex.