As part of its inaugural clinical project collaboration, JSW Law’s Clinical Faculty designed and delivered a customized 5-day consensus building workshop to twenty of the most active volunteers of the civil society organization RENEW (Respect.Educate.Nurture.Empower.Women). The workshop was held in Paro.
The workshop was designed by Stephan Sonnenberg, the Associate Dean of Experiential and Clinical Legal Education, and delivered in collaboration with Dema Lham, senior lecturer. Joining them was also Major Karma Rigzin of the Woman and Child Protection Division at the Royal Bhutan Police, Ms Tandin Wangmo, Executive Director of RENEW and Dr. Meenakshi Rai, Director of the Community Outreach Department at RENEW.
The workshop served two purposes: first, to present, debate, and review a proposed model for RENEW volunteers to act as “consensus builders” in cases of less-serious domestic violence, in line with international best practices and the provisions set forth in Article 22 of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act; and second, to provide a workshop to RENEW’s volunteers on how they would facilitate an interactive workshop to future volunteers training to be consensus builders, once the programme is approved.
“We are proud to play a role in helping to think through this important and ground-breaking initiative, which was originally proposed by RENEW’s Community Based Support Service Volunteers,” noted Sonnenberg. “Through this important initiative, Bhutan stands break new ground in showing how its vibrant tradition of traditional dispute resolution can be hybridized with a robust legal process, to ensure that domestic violence survivors are not left to their own devices in situations of domestic violence.”