Teaching exchange with the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law

Dean´s Visit in Bhutan

From October 28th to November 3rd, 2023, our Dean, Prof. Zöchling-Jud, and Prof. Windischgrätz visited our partner university, JSW School of Law, to renew the faculty agreement signed in 2016 and strengthen our collaboration. In addition to visiting the Law School, they engaged in a discussion on constitution and state with the judges of the High Court. They also had the opportunity to meet with Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck, the President of the Law School. The visit included meetings with Bhutanese alumni who had completed LLM programs in International Law and Human Rights Law in Vienna, as well as planning for future joint teaching and research projects.




Guest lecture Dr. Karma Phuntsho

On October 23, 2023, Dr. Karma Phuntsho delivered a guest lecture titled "Reflecting on Bhutan's Spirituality, Culture, and History" at our faculty. During the lecture, he specifically discussed the socio-cultural changes that have taken place in Bhutanese society in recent years. Dr. Karma Phuntsho is a former monk, thinker, and renowned scholar on Bhutan and Buddhism. He has authored several books on Bhutan and Buddhism, and his expertise stems from his monastic education in India, followed by studies in Sanskrit and classical Indian religions at Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate in Oriental Studies. He has conducted research at various universities, including the University of Cambridge, Paris, and Virginia. Dr. Karma Phuntsho is also the award-winning author of the book "History of Bhutan".



The Project

In 2016 the Vienna Law Faculty and the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to support Bhutan´s first Law School with teaching resources and to establish joint research projects. Members of our Faculty will design and teach courses at JSW Law, including courses in human rights, environmental law, jurisprudence, legal theory and legal history. Our team is complemented by colleagues from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and the Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich.
For further information please see the Website of JSW Law.


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Bhutan landscape