JSW LAW announces new Traditional Knowledge Initiative

JSW Law is pleased to announce a new programme, designed to protect traditional knowledge and culture in Bhutan and to give law students hands-on experience in intellectual property law. 

Titled the “Legal Programme for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expression (TCE),” the programme is generously supported by a grant and pro bono assistance from international law firm, Simmons & Simmons.  According to Dr. George Chan, a partner at Simmons & Simmons: “on behalf of Simmons & Simmons, we are very proud to be a part of this worthwhile initiative, which is consistent with Bhutan’s unique development philosophy of Gross National Happiness and sustainable development.”

The programme will debut in the 2020-21 academic year, and JSW Law students will engage in a number of activities, including raising public awareness across the country regarding legal protections for TCE and TK and working with selected groups of traditional practitioners to secure legal recognition and protection for their work.  The programme is spearheaded by Prof. Mahesh Gajmer, a junior lecturer.  He will be supported by Prof. Adrian von Bernstorff, the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and head of the Entrepreneurialism Clinic, and by Dr. George Chan.