Teaching exchange with the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law

Project Description

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.

Conference on Gross National Happiness and Law 2018

On the 17th and the 18th of July 2018 the JSW School of Law hosted an inaugural conference on Gross National Happiness and Law in Thimphu. Bhutan's Constitution lists as a ´Principle of State Policy´ that its Government shall strive to promote those conditions that will enable the pursuit of Gross National Happiness. From our side three colleagues took part and gave their presentations: Wolfram Schaffar gave an overview on ´Alternative development strategies worldwide´, Stefan Hammer talked about ´Principles & Policies in a Written Constitution: Justiciability and Impact on the Legal Standing of the Citizens´ and Michaela Windischgrätz moderated a panel on Buddhism and Law, which explored the impact of Bhutan's Buddhist traditions on the practice of law in Bhutan.


Hammer/Windischgraetz, Gross National Hapiness and Law, please click here to view  the publication.

Windischgraetz/ Eisenberger, Limits for Art? Street Art in Bhutan, http://www.wiso.boku.ac.at/fileadmin/data/H03000/H73000/H73600/06_Veranstaltungen/Veranstaltungsberichte/Bhutan_Limits_for_Art.pdf

Windischgraetz/ Eisenberger, Was darf Kunst? Street Art in Bhutan, http://www.wiso.boku.ac.at/fileadmin/data/H03000/H73000/H73600/06_Veranstaltungen/Veranstaltungsberichte/Bhutan_Was_darf_Kunst.pdf

Schaffar, Politisch engagierte Demokratiewissenschaft, http://medienportal.univie.ac.at/uniview/wissenschaft-gesellschaft/detailansicht/artikel/politisch-engagierte-demokratiewissenschaft/

Binder/Eisenberger/Schaffar/Windischgraetz, Umweltschutz Menschenrechte und Bruttonationalglück (Teil 1)

Binder/Eisenberger/Schaffar/Windischgraetz, Umweltschutz Menschenrechte und Bruttonationalglück (Teil 2)

Binder/Eisenberger/Schaffar/Windischgraetz, Environmental protection, human rights and gross national happiness (English translation),


Bhutan landscape

Entrance to Conference on Gross National Hapiness and Law

Panel with Professor Windisch-Graetz at the conference

Conference on Gross National Hapiness and Law