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JSW School of Law’s Undergraduate Summer School Program

June 17 – June 30, 2024
Pangbisa, Paro, Bhuta

The JSW School of Law ( is very pleased to announce the Second Undergraduate Summer School Program at its spectacular new green campus just outside of Paro, Bhutan. Students are invited to apply for the Program. Accepted students will have a choice of two out of three courses taught by highly respected legal academics from leading law schools in Asia. The courses will be taught intensively over a two-week period.


● Highly topical and engaging courses taught by skilled and experienced legal academicians.
● A pristine Himalayan setting, the highest law school in the world.
● Interaction with International and Bhutanese law students in the classroom, residences, and on field trips.
● Special exposure to unique aspects of Bhutanese society and its legal system through field trips to Thimphu, the capital city, and Punakha, the previous seat of government.

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Summer School Overview


Comparative Corporate Governance
Professor Umakanth Varottil, National
University of Singapore

Comparative Criminal Law
Professor Mrinal Satish, National Law
School of India University, Bengaluru,

Legal Argument and Narrative
Professor Helena Whalen-Bridge,
National University of Singapore

Program Details

The Program will admit a maximum of 30 students. Students must enrol in two of the three courses offered. The timetable is designed so that students enrolling in two courses will spend around 5 hours in class per teaching day with ample breaks in between. Students have a field trip on Fridays and a free day on Saturday. Each course is taught using the seminar method, in classes of 2 to 3 hours’ duration and totaling 23 class contact hours. They are assessed by continuous modes such as reading reflection papers, student presentations of readings, class participation, and a final take-home exam to be completed a few weeks after the summer school has ended.

Upon satisfactory completion, students will be awarded a certificate detailing the courses they have taken and the grades received. The certificate will be signed by representatives of the JSW School of Law, the National Law School of India and the National University of Singapore.

Course Details

Comparative Corporate Governance

Precisely how companies are governed and managed constitutes a quintessential element of corporate law. This course examines various aspects of corporate governance through a comparative lens. It involves an examination of the legal regimes in the two western markets of the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) as well as the two Asian jurisdictions of India and Singapore. Wherever appropriate, other leading corporate governance jurisdictions will be covered. The course considers the relationships between various corporate actors such as the directors, managers, shareholders and other external stakeholders and the agency problems that beset these relationships. While it begins with some of the foundational debates on the topic, it will delve into contemporary issues exercising the minds of practitioners, policy-makers and scholars. There will be equal emphasis on the theoretical components of corporate governance as well as their functionality in the practical sphere.

Comparative Criminal Law
In this course, we will discuss and debate a set of advanced issues in criminal law from a comparative perspective, building on knowledge that students have already acquired in studying domestic criminal law. We will commence by analyzing comparative law methods to study criminal law. Thereafter, we will focus on questions relating to liability for omissions, and questions of causation. We will explore issues in substantive law such as (1) definition of rape, and adjudication of rape cases; (2) analysis of provocation as an exception to murder; and (3) mental disorders as a defence to crime. We will conclude by discussing debates in comparative sentencing law. The course aims to provide students skills to critically engage with a set of important issues in contemporary criminal law discourse, sharpen their skills in analysis of their domestic legal framework, and in comparative criminal law.

Legal Argument and Narrative
Narrative plays a prominent role in the persuasive presentation of facts in common law systems of litigation, but it is also a strong element in legal reasoning and judicial decisions. This course will examine the role of narrative in the law, consider why narrative is such an effective tool of legal persuasion, and explore some advanced techniques of narrative. Upon completion of the course, students should be familiar with the definition of narrative, and its general role in human understanding as well as the law; understand the qualities of a strong legal narrative generally, and be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of particular legal narratives. Students will also acquire skills of persuasive writing that apply to legal narrative, and be able to apply those skills to the presentation of a particular legal narrative.

Course Instructors

Planning Your Travel

There are two airlines flying into and out of Paro, the only international airport in Bhutan: Druk Air- Royal Bhutan Airlines and Bhutan Airlines. Both Airlines charge similar and fixed fares. Druk Air flies into Bhutan from India (Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Bagdora), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Thailand and Singapore. Bhutan Airlines flies from India (Delhi and Kolkata), Nepal (Kathmandu) and Thailand.

Optionally, students can fly to Bagdora and travel by road to Jaigaon (border town), West Bengal, India, which will take approximately 4 hours. From the border town of Phuentsholing, Bhutan, it is approximately another 4 hours drive to Paro.

Applying for the Summer School

Who Can Apply?
To apply, students must meet the following:
Students must have completed their second year or higher of an undergraduate law degree (LLB or JD).
Students must have a sufficient command of the English language for studying the required readings and participating in classroom discussions.

How to Apply?
To apply for the summer school program, download the application form HERE. You must duly fill the form and email it to along with other relevant documents as specified in the form.

Application deadline: April 20, 2024.
Selection results will be communicated to applicants on a rolling basis but no later than April 25, 2024.
Payment of fees, which are non-refundable, is due no later than May 05, 2024.


Nu.75000 (includes tuition, a suite with shared bath, and meals on campus for two-week program)
The above fee structure also includes two trips (one to Thimphu and one to be determined later) outside Paro, and entry fees to sites, pick-up and drop-off at Paro International Airport, transportation for planned travel and field trips).

*Some partial scholarships are available to students on a need basis in Bhutan and SAARC countries.

To make the payment, click here for payment instruction

Visa Information

Upon confirming your enrollment, we will email you the visa application form. Note that you will be required to pay Nu. 5000/- visa fee separately.

Contact US

Dema Lham +975 77114137