Ugyen Thinley is a 21st century information professional joined JSW Law/RIL in 2015 as Faculty and Librarian. Prior to his time with JSW Law, Ugyen was with the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) and the National Assembly of Bhutan, where he founded the Parliamentary library. During his 15 years of service spanning two branches of the government, Ugyen has first-hand experience with the parliamentary procedures of both the pre- and the post-democracy eras. His focus at JSW law is to “future-proof” the information currently available via digital transformation.
Ugyen received a Certificate of Office Management from the Royal Institute of Management, Thimphu. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Computer Application from Bangalore University in Karnataka, (India), and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, North Carolina (USA). Ugyen’s research interests focus on Bhutan’s legal history, as well as the changes taking place in the field of information technology and library science. More specific to the Bhutanese context, Ugyen is also passionate about the question of how the library sciences can contribute to the national development goal of maximizing “Gross National Happiness.”