Bhutan’s rich tradition of community-based dispute resolution

15 senior dispute resolver and a select number of local government officials from across Bhutan’s western Dzongkhags gathered in the historic Olathang hotel in Paro to discuss Bhutan’s rich tradition of community-based dispute resolution. The meeting took place as part of JSW School Law’s (JSW Law) ongoing Legal Needs Assessment, which so far has interviewed upwards of 350 individuals about the pursuit of justice in Bhutan.

Participants were joined by JSW Law faculty, as well as Professor Eileen Babbitt, who is visiting JSW Law and is an expert on dispute resolution at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States.

JSW Law’s Legal Needs Assessment is possible due to the generous support of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Ford Foundation. JSW Law looks forward to continuing this work as part of its institutional research mandate to preserve, analyze and teach justice in a GNH context.