Leadership & Staff

Ugyen Thinley is Assistant Dean for Research Center at JSW Law, Ugyen joined JSW Law as faculty and Sr. Librarian in 2015.   He teaches a course on Legal Writing and Research. He is also responsible for “future-proofing” JSW Law’s collection of primary and secondary resources. 

Ugyen holds a MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina, USA, a Certificate of Office Management from the Royal Institute of Management, Simtokha, Thimphu and BA in Computer Application from Bangalore University (Karnataka, India).

Prior to his time with JSW Law, Ugyen was with the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) working as Research Librarian and the National Assembly of Bhutan in various capacity, 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’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.” Ugyen has written in Bhutan Law Review and has conducted Nation Wide Legal Need Assessment for JSW Law for a span of one year six months.