LNA Report and GNH & Law Course launched

To commemorate 65th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan, Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, the Honourable President of JSW Law, today formally launched two pioneering JSW Law efforts: the publication of the Final Report of the Legal Needs Assessment empirical study, and the capstone undergraduate course, “GNH & The Law.”

The Legal Needs Assessment project was a groundbreaking two-year survey of the strengths and vulnerabilities of Bhutan’s formal and informal justice systems.  Funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation and led by former JSW Law faculty Stephan Sonnenberg and Kristen DeRemer, the Assessment seeks to set an agenda and a course for the law school’s clinical and doctrinal teaching and learning, as well as a roadmap for future policy and study in the justice sector in the nation.

Offered for the first time in the Spring of 2021, the GNH & the Law course will be a compulsory course dedicated to a searching inquiry and discussion of how the rule of law influences GNH, and how GNH aids in the interpretation and implementation of law.  The course was designed by a group of JSW Law faculty.

Her Highness formally launched both projects during her keynote address this evening, at the first day of JSW Law’s second biennial conference on “Law and Gross National Happiness.”