The faculty and staff of JSW School of Law gathered to welcome back Prof Pema Wangdi, senior lecturer in philosophy, from his two years of study at Fordham University in New York. The entire JSW Law community congratulates Professor Pema on earning his Master of Arts in Philosophy.
Professor Pema was one of the earliest members of the JSW Law community. His involvement dates to 2012, when he was engaged by the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) to help set up the “Royal Law Project,” an early initiative to establish Bhutan’s first law school. He also served as chief librarian of Bhutan’s first national law library.
Pema was the first faculty member sent abroad for studies under the Legal Sector Programme, an initiative of the Austrian Development Agency to provide faculty development and education for the nascent law school.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics from Rangsit University in Thailand in 2010, and his Diploma in Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio from South Alberta Institute of Technology in Canada. Prior to his work at BNLI, Pema worked as Manager of the well-known Kuzoo FM radio station in Thimphu, as a member of the management board of the national Kuensel newspaper, and as a teacher and curriculum specialist.
“My two years at Fordham University were tremendously enriching,” said Prof Pema. “Now that I am back, I am so looking forward to teaching the first Philosophy course in Bhutan’s history to its first 25 law students.”
“I hope to make Philosophy come alive for our students, and to enable them to look at life – and law – through a philosophical lens.”
Professor Pema will design and teach the compulsory first-year course in Philosophy and serve as coordinator for the social sciences and humanities subjects at the law school.