Adrian von Bernstorff

Associate Dean for Clinics and Senior Lecturer


Adrian von Bernstorff joined JSW Law in the Autumn of 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in corporate law and the Director of the Entrepreneurialism Clinic. Adrian completed his first Judicial Examination from the University of Hamburg and his second Judicial Examination from the Department of Justice, Lower Saxony (both in Germany). He worked as a lawyer at the law firm Becker Büttner Held in Berlin, specializing in Renewable Energies.

In 2013, Adrian and his wife Irja moved to Bhutan, where Adrian co-founded a food business and helped with the establishment of a progressive farmers’ cooperative. Adrian is currently developing the Corporate Law course with a focus on social entrepreneurship.

He is also directing the Entrepreneurialism Clinic at JSW Law, which has taken up as its first project “Druk Metho”, a collaboration with between a private enterprise and a farmers’ cooperative in the Punakha valley. Druk Metho is growing and processing organic edible flowers for export to Switzerland and for value addition into products for the local and regional high-end markets. The business shares a majority of its profits with the cooperative and makes a continuous effort to build the capacity of the cooperative members.

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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