Ugyen Thinley

Congratulations to Ugyen Thinley, Recipient of the 2023 FCIL-SIS Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians!

Ugyen ThinleyMr. Ugyen Thinley is an academic law librarian at Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in the Kingdom of Bhutan. One of the founding members of the JSW School of Law, Mr. Ugyen Thinley joined as Faculty Member and Senior Librarian in 2015. He has also served as the Assistant Dean for Research at the law school. Currently, Ugyen is the Director of Library Services and Resources at the newly established Law Library, where he is responsible for providing legal information services to the faculty and students. He performs duties including acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection development, and provides research and reference services. Moreover, Ugyen is responsible for drafting library policies, budgeting, and overall management of the Law Library. He has taught legal research and writing, legal rhetoric and composition, and law practice management.

Prior to his arrival at JSW School of Law, Ugyen worked at the Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) as a Research Librarian, and at the National Assembly of Bhutan, where he founded the Parliament Library. During his 15 years of service, Ugyen has received first-hand experience with the parliamentary procedures of the pre- and post-democracy eras. Mr. Thinley holds his B.S. in Computer Applications from Bangalore University, Karnataka, India, and his M.L.I.S. from the University of North Carolina, United States. His areas of interest are law and technology, law practice management, and artificial intelligence.

Anticipating AALL and Returning to Bhutan

Mr. Thinley is excited to attend the 2023 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference to connect with scholars and professionals who will serve as future colleagues and help him advance his library skills. Ugyen would like to share the challenges he faces as a law librarian, with limited access in the Himalayan Region, and aims to seek guidance, support, and advice to overcome these challenges. Upon return to Bhutan, Mr. Thinley will submit a report to the Law School management, give a presentation on his learning experience at AALL and provide suggestions and recommendations on how JSW School of Law, and the Law Library, can improve education and research services to the faculty and students. He also plans to include what he learns and experiences at the conference in his class lectures.


The FCIL-SIS welcomes all AALL attendees to Mr. Thinley’s presentation titled Establishment of Law Library and Access to Legal Resources in Bhutan where he will discuss the government system of Bhutan, along with the establishment of the first law school, and academic law library in the country.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Thinley to Boston in July and join us for his presentation on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 5:30-7:00 PM (EST) in the Marriott Boylston Room. Please continue to check the schedule for any changes.

FCIL-SIS greatly acknowledges the generous contributions of many Donors.

Despite valuable support from AALL, FCIL, vendors, and individual AALL members, the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Fund currently does not fully cover the recipient’s transportation, lodging, and food costs. Your tax-deductible donation will enhance the Grant’s impact and ensure the continued presence of foreign law librarians at AALL. Please make a Contribution today!