Governing Council finalizes plans for law school opening

The Governing Council of JSW School of Law convened for its fifth meeting today at Wangchuk Resort in Taba, Thimphu.  This was the first meeting of the Council held at the future temporary home of JSW School of Law, and the final meeting before the law school commences classes in July.

The Governing Council received reports on staff conditions of service, fundraising, student admissions, and construction of the permanent campus in Pangbisa, Paro.  The Council also discussed at length plans for the opening of the law school and for the four-week student Orientation and Bridging Course.

JSW Law, University of Vienna solidify ties

JSW Law faculty and administration welcomed back a delegation of four Austrian law and social sciences faculty for eight days of meeting and planning, pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding concluded between JSW Law and the University of Vienna in December 2016.

The members of the delegation have been identified by the two schools as likly lecturers during JSW Law’s first two academic years (2017-19).  They are:

Professor Michaela Windischgrätz, who will co-teach Bhutanese legal history;

Professor Wolfram Schaffar, who will teach political science;

Professor Iris Eisenberger, who will co-teach environmental law; and

Professor Christina Binder, who will co-teach human rights and human duties.

In addition, Professor Windischgrätz is working with the law school and with the Bhutan National Legal Institute on a long-term research project delving into Bhutan’s pre-constitutional legal history.

The visit marks the third such meeting between the two institutions.  In November 2015, four JSW Law faculty met with senior officials and faculty of the University of Vienna in Vienna to explore avenues of potential research and teaching collaboration.  In April 2016, three Vienna faculty traveled to Thimphu to determine the feasibility of the proposed activities.

During their visit, the delegation met with their counterparts at JSW Law School, as well as public and private subject-matter experts in their respective fields of expertise.  The meetings included visits with representatives of the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature, RENEW, the National Environment Commission, the Loden Foundation, the National Council for Women & Children, and the National Library.

The visit is funded by a grant from the Austrian Development Agency, under the terms of the Austrian-Bhutan “Legal Sector Programme.”

JSW Law faculty, friends attend Indian Jessup Competition

Three representatives of the law school community served as judges at the Indian National Qualifying Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Competition, held in Noida, India, this weekend.
Vice Dean Michael Peil, Associate Dean Judith Stark, and Drangpon Rabjam Tenzin of the Bhutan National Legal Institute traveled to India to judge the National Rounds. Dean Judith and Tenzin served as judges in the preliminary, quarterfinal, and semifinal rounds of the Competition, while Dean Michael judged several preliminary rounds.
The Jessup Competition is the world’s oldest and largest competition for law students, with more than 500 law schools competing in 90 countries. Hosted at Amity Law School, the Indian National Rounds involved teams of law students from 28 law schools. The four top teams – National Law University, Odisha; Symbiosis Law College, Pune; National Law Institute University, Bhopal; and NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad – will represent India at the White & Case International Rounds of the Competition, to be held in April in Washington, DC (USA).
(Ms) Lesley Benn, the executive director of the International Law Students Association and global head of the Jessup Competition, also attended the National Rounds. She remarked, “Having traveled half-way across the world to India for the competition, I was thrilled to meet professors and deans from Bhutan’s first law school. Their contribution to the quality of the Jessup Competition in India was apparent to all participants.”