Stefan studied Political Science and Law in Innsbruck and Lyon. During his studies, Stefan interned at the Austrian Embassy in Abuja, conducted extensive field research in Northern Nigeria and Chad, worked as a freelance journalist in Somaliland and Ethiopia and as an employee in residence for the Austrian Embassy in Abuja. In Innsbruck, he worked pro bono for an NGO providing free legal advice to asylum seekers.
After graduation, he has been a trainee at the European Border Agency and the Development Cooperation Directorate at the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Before attending the LL.M Program at Fletcher, Stefan taught and researched as a Fellow at the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the University of Graz.
Stefan combined his passion for development assistance, snowboarding and the arts. He worked with friends to establish the Cappuccino Club, a registered association, and raised more than $90.000, supporting international development and local social projects.
Stefan’s main research interests are refugee and migration law, African customary law, human rights law and legal theory. He intends to continue his work in academia and combine it with a practical experience in the field.