Karuna Foundation President Eric Lemelson visits JSW Law

(Mr) Eric Lemelson, President of the U.S.-based Karuna Foundation, spent several days with JSW Law staff and students, as well as with the administration and staff of the JSW Law Project, the design and construction team behind the law school’s permanent campus in Pangbisa, Paro.

Mr Lemelson, a long-time supporter of the law school, was in Bhutan to commemorate the beginning of construction on the law school’s library in Pangbisa.  The Jam-do Tendrel celebrating the laying of the foundation stone was graced by the Honourable President of JSW Law, Her Royal Highness Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck.

During his visit, Mr Lemelson also delivered a lecture to JSW Law students as part of their Orientation and Bridging Course.  His talk focused on the impact that lawyers can have on global environmental issues like climate change.

Mr Lemelson, and the Karuna Foundation, is committed to energy efficient architecture and construction, a commitment that Karuna hopes to help implement at the Pangbisa campus through knowledge transfer, training, and expertise.  One example of Karuna’s support is the presence in Pangbisa of (Mr) Thorsten Chlupp, CEO of Alaska-based ArcticSun, LLC, as a energy efficient design and methods consultant to the JSW Law Project.

“It is always a pure delight to welcome Eric back to Bhutan,” said Sangay Dorjee, dean.  “He has been with the law school almost since the beginning, and we are pleased that JSW Law, Karuna, and Eric, continue our journey together.”