Laws on Happiness: The Legal System and Legislation of Bhutan


The Idea of Gross National Happiness as a guiding principle for government reaches back for centuries in Bhutan. The legal code of Bhutan states: ?The purpose of the government is to provide happiness to its people. If we cannot provide happiness, there is no reason for the government to exist.? Professor Ugyen Thinley from the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in Bhutan will discuss how this statement is implemented in Bhutanese legislation. He will review the history of reflecting happiness in the nation?s laws and overview the current legal system and legal resources.

Date and Location

Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm