Adrian von Bernstorff

Sr. Lecturer & Director for Social Enterprise Clinics


Adrian von Bernstorff serves as Associate Dean for Clinical Education and is the Director of the Social Enterprise Clinic. He also teaches Corporate Law. After his studies of law, Adrian worked as associate at Becker Büttner Held Lawyers in Berlin, specialized in legal matters concerning renewable energies and the phaseout of nuclear energy. In 2013, Adrian came to Bhutan with his wife, the documentary filmmaker Irja von Bernstorff. Together with a Bhutanese partner, he established the food business, “Happy Chips,” under the umbrella of a Farmers’ Cooperative. The Cooperative decided to sell the Happy Chips business to a group of investors in 2017. In the same year, Adrian joined JSW Law. Together with JSW Law students, he currently supports a selected group of social entrepreneurs, helping them to establish the legal DNA of their companies in line with their social and environmental mission. Adrian is also working with the Royal Monetary Authority (Bhutan’s central bank) to develop an agenda for social entrepreneurship in Bhutan. 

Adrian has a special interest in the development of socially inclusive business models with a focus on agriculture and food processing, reflecting the fact that more than 60 percent of the Bhutanese are small-holding farmers.

His recent publications include:

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