The JSW Law is pleased to announce vacancy for the following positions:

Sl. No Position Title Slot Qualification TOR
 1 Junior Lecturer in Legal Writing and Research 1 Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or equivalent with Post-Graduate Diploma in National Laws (PGDNL) or equivalent. Download
2 Junior Executive Secretary to Dean 1 Bachelor’s Degree with relevant work experience and training. Download
3 Administrative Assistant – Registrar’s office 1 Bachelor’s Degree Download
4 Public Relations & Media Officer 1 Bachelor’s Degree in communications or related field Download
5 Student Residential Advisor (Female) 1 Bachelor’s Degree (preference will be given to Psychology and Counselling background)
6 Security Guard 1 Class XII
7 Electrician 1 VTI graduate
8 Plumber 1 VTI graduate

Interested Bhutanese Nationals, fulfilling the above criteria may kindly submit the applications along with the following documents addressed to the Dean, JSW Law, Taba, P.O. Box-1533, Thimphu during office hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). The last date of the application is 20th June 2018.
1. Curriculum Vitae;
2. Copy of Citizenship ID Card;
3. Copy of Academic Transcripts;
4. Approved Online Security Clearance;
5. Copy of Medical Fitness Certificate not exceeding 6 months from the date of issue. Any overwriting will not be accepted unless authenticated by the examining doctor.
6. No Objection Certificate if employed from the previous employer
7. Copy of Work Experience Certificate for the particular post, if any.
8. Two Referee Report for Sl. No. 1 and One Referee Report for Sl. No. 2-5.

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If any of the above documents are missing, the application will be disregarded. JSW Law shall not be responsible for any delays in receiving applications sent through post. For further details, call us at 365305/Ext. 114 during office hours.

Kuenzang Dolma joins teaching faculty

The law school today welcomed its fourteenth full-time faculty member today, Junior Lecturer Kuenzang Dolma.

Kuenzang will teach the compulsory second-year course in Property Law, and will also join the Clinical Faculty’s efforts to develop JSW Law’s “Appropriate Dispute Resolution Clinic,” due to launch in spring of 2021.

Prior to joining the law school, Kuenzang served for three years as a legal officer at the Dzongkhag Administration in Paro, and for one year in the same capacity at the Dzongkhag Administration in Wangduephodrang.

Kuenzang earned her Bachelor of Social and Legal Sciences from ILS Law College in Pune, India, in 2010, and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the same institution in 2012.  She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in National Law at the Royal Institute of Management in 2013.

“After a very long wait, we are proud to welcome Kuenzang to JSW Law,” said Stephan Sonnenberg, Associate Dean of Clinical and Experiential Education at JSW Law. “Kuenzang brings with her a wealth of experience, and a common sense intuition about how to work with clients that will contribute enormously to the strength of our clinical programme.”

Vacancy Announcement


JSWLAW/5/HRM-02/2017-18/485                                                                 16th April, 2018 

The Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law is pleased to announce vacancy for the following post:

Position Title: Deputy Project Manager
No. of Slots: 1 (One)
Preferred Candidate: Civil Engineer or Any Engineer/ Architect, who has Project Management Background
Experience: Minimum 10 Years (Applicants not having this experience will not be accepted)
Job Responsibilities: Terms of Reference (TOR)

Interested Bhutanese Nationals, fulfilling the above criteria may kindly submit the applications along with the following documents addressed to our Project Director, Jigme Singye Wangchuck Law Project, Taba, P.O. Box-1533, Thimphu during office hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). The last date of the application is 30th April 2018.

  1. Curriculum Vitae with recent Passport Sized Photograph;
  2. Copy of Citizenship ID Card;
  3. Copy of Academic Transcripts;
  4. Approved Online Security Clearance;
  5. Copy of Medical Fitness Certificate not exceeding 6 months from the date of issue. Any overwriting shall not be accepted unless authenticated by the examining doctor.
  6. No Objection Certificate if employed from the previous employer
  7. Copy of Work Experience Certificate for the particular post, if any.

If any of the above documents are missing, the application shall be disregarded. JSW Law shall not be responsible for any delays in receiving applications sent through post. For further details, call us at 17125660/ 77875898 during office hours.

JSW Law faculty publishes article in Druk Journal

Stephan Sonnenberg published an article in the Druk Journal entitled “#Scl Media @Dmcrcy: Is Something Missing?” Speaking from the American perspective, the article encourages Bhutan – and more specifically Bhutanese citizens – to assume a more cautiously defensive attitude towards the role of social media in a democratic election.

The article is available at the Druk Journal website:

Prof. Peil speaks at University of Victoria, Canada

Michael Peil, the vice dean and associate professor of law, today delivered two lectures at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

The first, titled “Designing a Curriculum for Bhutan’s First Law School,” concerned the process and outcomes of JSW Law’s four-year development of the five-year undergraduate course of study.  The second, titled “Parliamentary Elections in Bhutan: A (Very) Short History and Prospects for 2018,” examined the history of parliamentary elections in Bhutan since 2008 and discussed the third Parliamentary elections, scheduled for spring and autumn of this year.

Peil also met with officials of the University of Victoria to discuss the two institutions’ ongoing cooperative projects.  He also took the opportunity to check in on Nima Dorji, senior lecturer of law, who is pursuing his Ph.D. at UVic.

An article about the visit can be found on the University of Victoria website, at

Professor Christina Binder presents the fourth Visiting Scholars Lecture

Professor Christina Binder shared her recent research on the exploration of “Liberty Versus Security? A Human Rights Perspective in Times of Terrorism“. Using human rights as a lens, Professor Binder examined whether there is an adequate balance between liberty and security with reference to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). In her analysis, Prof. Binder suggested that the European Court of Human Rights is increasingly demonstrating a willingness to evaluate not just the existence, but also the qualitative nature of domestic human rights protections in the face of national security threats.

Professor Mark Brown speaks to students and faculty

The Visiting Scholars Lecture Series welcomed Prof. Mark Brown from the University of Sheffield School of Law to present on the topic: “The Criminal Tribes of India: Lessons for Lawyers in the Global South”. Professor Brown is a seasoned academic in the field of criminology and criminal law and presented on his research drawing upon the case of “criminal tribes” in India, and the retention of the criminal tribe policy when India gained independence. He reflected upon the power of imported ‘knowledge’ and how this “importation” has the ability to dictate or persuade the world-views of people in the global South.

JSW Law welcomes back Professor Christina Binder

Professor Christina Binder has arrived at JSW Law to co-teach a two-week workshop for the ongoing course on Human Dignity. Prof. Binder, a specialist on international law and human rights, previously visited Bhutan and the law school in February of 2017, and is part of the team of scholars from the University of Vienna currently partnering with JSW Law faculty. Prof. Binder is a member of the Faculties of the University of Vienna (Austria), and the Bundeswehr University in Munich (Germany).

“When [Professor Binder] taught me, it fascinated me to the point that I wanted to become a professor myself,” said Tashi Norbu, a first-year student, after the first class meeting. “International law has become my dream!”

“The Back Beads” perform for Students and Faculty at JSW Law

The Bhutanese pop band, The Back Beads, surprised JSW Law Students with an impromptu performance at JSW Law’s academic campus in Taba, Thimphu. Sonam Jigme Tshering (lead guitarist and vocalist) and Tandin Wangchuk (bass guitarist and vocalist) performed as part of a running assignment for students enrolled in the first-year contracts course, taught by Stephan Sonnenberg and Adrian von Bernstorff.

Sonam Jigme Tshering and Tandin Wangchuck played four songs for students and faculty at JSW Law, including two original compositions.

More information about The Back Beads can be found on its Facebook page,

Kuensel publishes Sonam Tshering opinion piece

Sonam Tshering, lecturer in law, authored an opinion piece titled “Are our electoral laws too restrictive and the citizen’s right to information forgotten?” which appeared in the 17 March issue of Kuensel.

The piece analyzes the regulatory environment surrounding the national media’s coverage of campaigns and elections, in advance of this year’s national parliamentary elections.

The opinion piece is available online at

Research Centre hosts curriculum presentation by Vice Dean

The Research Centre hosted its first “Faculty Research Forum” lunchtime lecture, delivered by Vice Dean Michael Peil, on the topic of curriculum design at the law school.

The presentation was the first in a series of in-house lectures organized by the Research Centre as a forum for JSW Law’s teaching and research faculty to present, share and discuss original research. Ms DeRemer, Head of the Research Centre at JSW Law, stated that, “The Research Centre is thrilled to initiate this important lecture series designed to strengthen the research culture at JSW Law. The Faculty Research Forum is designed to provide members of the JSW Law faculty the opportunity to share academic endeavors, such as personal research, and in return gain valuable feedback from JSW Law’s diverse circle of colleagues.”

Professor Peil’s presentation was titled “Designing a Curriculum for Bhutan’s First Law School,” and was a summary of the four years of research and design that resulted in the law school’s undergraduate course of study.  Peil will deliver the lecture at the end of March at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Selected Candidates for JSW Law 2023 batch

Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law is pleased to announce our selected candidates for the 2023 batch. We congratulate everyone of them for making it in JSW Law. Although we regret to inform for those who didn’t make it, but we wish them a very best in pursuing their dreams.

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2023 Selected Candidates

Please note that the selected/non-selected list is in alphabetical order and is not representative of the rank.

RENEW announces JSW Law-supported Consensus Building Programme

Faculty from the JSW Law clinic today joined Respect.Educate.Nurture.Empower.Women (RENEW), the National Commission on Women and Children (NCWC), the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to launch a 410-page Consensus Building Facilitation Manual.

JSW Law’s Honourable President, Her Royal Highness Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, launched the publication at a ceremony marking International Women’s Day at the Royal Banquet Hall in Thimphu, Bhutan. “We are proud and honoured to have played a small role in the development of Bhutan’s capacity to respond effectively and with humanity to those affected by domestic violence in our country,” said Ms. Dema Lham, senior lecturer and director of the Human Dignity Clinic.

JSW Law’s inaugural class of 2022 also attended the event.

The publication of the Facilitation Manual marks an important milestone for the Law Clinics at JSW Law. For more than a year, the Law Clinics at JSW Law have been collaborating with RENEW to design a new dispute resolution process designed specifically to handle so-called “less serious” instances of domestic violence, as defined by Section 22 of Domestic Violence Prevention Act of Bhutan 2013. JSW Law’s Human Dignity Clinic, as well as its Appropriate Dispute Resolution Clinic, worked closely with RENEW, the RBP, the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI), NCWC, and other specialists in the justice sector to help design an innovative “hybrid” dispute resolution process, combining elements of the formal and the informal dispute resolution processes in Bhutan.

The result is RENEW’s consensus building process, which brings together the strengths of Bhutan’s formal justice system (accountability, strong statements about the illegality of all forms of domestic violence, and public scrutiny) with the equally important characteristics of Bhutan’s informal dispute resolution traditions (accessibility, human-centeredness, and flexibility). The process represents an innovative cross-sectoral collaboration between the RBP and a civil society organization and allows victims and survivors of domestic violence to retain maximal ownership over how their cases are resolved. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the RBP and RENEW, detailing the relationship and referral pathways, was officially signed on 9 February 2017.

The launch of the Facilitation Manual marks the start of a nationwide initiative to train hundreds of RBP officers and RENEW volunteers on the workings of this new consensus building process. “The law clinics at JSW Law are looking forward to continue working on this important initiative, and are proud of our ongoing relationship with RENEW, the RBP and other justice sector stakeholders.” said Stephan Sonnenberg, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean of Experiential Education & Clinics. “We look forward to more hard work ahead.”

Second presentation in Visiting Scholar Lecture Series

Professor Wolfram Schaffar presented the second Visiting Scholars Lecture at JSW Law. Prof. Schaffar candidly shared his ongoing research through the presentation entitled, “The Chinese Belt-and-Road Initiative and its Influence on Neighboring Countries: The Case of Thailand.” The presentation provided JSW Law students and faculty a glimpse into the current discourse on this regionally relevant and important development.

Admissions Committee announces Class of 2023

Four months of student recruiting and admissions culminated with the announcement of the 18 members of JSW Law’s second entering class, the Class of 2023.

Thirteen women and five men will join the JSW Law community in July, bringing the total student population to 43.

The Class of 2023 were selected based upon their Grade XII examination results, their performance on a national Law School Admission Test, and an hour-long interview with the faculty and staff members of the law school’s Admissions Committee.

The students represent 14 of Bhutan’s 58 higher secondary schools, and hail from 11 of Bhutan’s 20 Dzongkhags.  The most represented high schools are Damphu Central School in Tsirang, Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School in Thimphu, and Gaselo Central School in Wangduephodrang.  Tsirang and Trashigang were the two most-represented home Dzongkhags.

Like their predecessors, the Class of 2023 will begin their studies with a four-week Orientation & Bridging Course before beginning legal studies in earnest at the end of July.

Dorji Gyeltshen joins JSW Law faculty

The JSW Law community today added its newest teaching faculty member, Assistant Professor Dorji Gyeltshen. Professor Dorji will teach Rigzhung, joining Professors Rinzin Wangdi and Ngawang Lhundrup on the Dzongkha faculty.

Prior to joining JSW Law, Prof. Dorji served as an Associate Professor and program leader in the Dzongkha Department at Royal Thimphu College, from its inception in 2009.  He is a specialist in Dzongkha pedagogy and curriculum, with research interests in Buddhist philosophy and education. “Dorji is a welcome addition to our Dzongkha faculty and to our community,” said Dean Sangay Dorjee.  “He brings more than a decade of experience in university-level teaching and administration, and a wealth of knowledge in the Dzongkha language, Buddhist religion, and Bhutanese culture.”

Prof. Dorji earned his Bachelor of Arts (1998), Master of Arts (2000), and Doctorate (2003) degrees in Buddhist Philosophy from Ngagyur Nyingma University in Bylakuppee, India, and his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (2005) from Samtse College of Education in Bhutan.

JSW Law hosts three U.S. attorneys

Three distinguished attorneys from the United States, spent the afternoon with JSW Law students and faculty, sharing their experiences in the practice of law, government service, and life.

Mr. Preston Scott is a Florida-based attorney with a long relationship with Bhutan.  He noted that this was his fortieth visit to Bhutan; during earlier visits, he was instrumental in coordinating the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which brought Bhutanese culture and crafts to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Thomas Collier is the chief executive officer of The Pebble Partnership, an Alaska-based company devoted to environmentally responsible natural resource development.  He previously served as a partner at the American law firm Steptoe & Johnson, and as Chief of Staff to Bruce Babbitt, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Thomas Lankford is a partner at the U.S. law firm Lankford & Reed, concentrating in complex civil and criminal litigation.  Among his most notable recent matters was a years-long representation of the U.S. diplomats and private citizens held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Teheran during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

The three speakers shared their observations on life in and outside of the practice of law, and enjoyed a lively exchange with students on the myriad ways dedicated lawyers can make an impact on their communities and societies.

“This was a delightful and energizing visit,” said Michael Peil, Vice Dean, who moderated the discussion.  “We always remind our students that a legal education prepares you for so many different paths through life; these three distinguished gentlemen are living proof.”

White & Case attorneys lead workshop, visit JSW Law

Two senior attorneys from the global law firm White & Case LLP ( led a three-day workshop on corporate and contract law at the invitation of Druk Holding & Investments Ltd. (DHI), the commercial arm of the Royal Government of Bhutan. The two were invited to DHI to speak and teach on a host of commercial issues, including corporate governments and structuring of transactions.

Mr. Simon Collins is a partner in the Tokyo office of White & Case, where he specializes in complex cross-border finance transactions and coordinates the firm’s Asian pro bono practice. Mr. Mark Goodrich is a partner in the Seoul office of the firm, where he focuses on the construction and development of energy and other infrastructure projects.

During their visit, the two attorneys also visited the academic campus of JSW Law, where they visited with students and faculty.  This marks the second workshop led by White & Case attorneys this year.

Public-private partnership expert speaks at JSW Law

Mr. Frank Rapoport, an international expert on public-private partnerships (PPPs), spoke to students on a wide variety of topics.  Rapoport took time from his tour of Bhutan to meet with faculty and students and present his views on the law.

Rapoport spoke on emerging PPPs in Bhutan, as well as his own inspirations drawn from the teachings of Buddhist entrepreneurs in the West.  He noted that the Thimphu Thromde Parking construction marks the first PPP in Bhutan.

Mr. Rapoport is a partner at the U.S. construction law firm, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., where he also serves as chair of the Public-Private Partnerships practice.  In addition, he is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI).