Damian Vogt, 2017, Liechtenstein & Switzerland

Why Fletcher? After my undergraduate studies in international relations in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, I was looking for a program in an English-speaking country. The Fletcher School – and, in particular, the MALD degree – drew my interest because my goal was to pursue my studies in international relations, but with more focus on public international law. In addition to the great law curriculum offered at Fletcher, I am able to take classes at Harvard and specifically, in my case, the Harvard Law School, which offers very specialized law classes. Due to experience in diplomacy before coming to Fletcher, the conflict resolution and international negotiation field of study is of a particular interest to me as well. It allows me to apply my skills and at the same time, to further develop them. As a Fletcher student,  I can tailor my multidisciplinary coursework to each of these specific interests, which will eventually help me on my career path. Additionally, I can choose among multiple courses in economics, a passion reflected by the fact that this was a specialization in my undergraduate studies. Finally, the tennis courts outside of Fletcher were the icing on the cake!

On the Mediation Practicum: In my first semester, I completed a mediation practicum organized by the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program.  Based on this practicum experience, I now have the option to become a certified mediator and to co-mediate in local small claims courts.  Through the practicum, we learned how to effectively facilitate the mediation process, including the importance of role playing. Not only was it interesting to learn more about mediation, it was also a great opportunity to meet other students and to make friends right from the start of the semester. As with the many other trainings and workshops at Fletcher, it is great that one can increase one's knowledge and skills outside the classrooms while having fun. Finally, I've already been able to apply and put into practice what we have learned in my everyday life as well as in classes. The skills gained in this practicum perfectly complement what I learn in my "Processes of International Negotiations" taught by Professor Eileen Babbitt. Even after a couple of months, it is interesting for me to look back at my experiences in multilateral negotiations at the UN. The flexibility of the curriculum allowed me to tailor my specific program to my experience, but also to what I learn outside the classes I take. With this new perspective, I understand now several aspects of such negotiations I considered before just as given. I look forward to applying this knowledge and these skills in the real world.  


Favorite magazine:

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Favorite book:

Et la lumière fut - Jacques Lusseyran

Global issue/problem that brought you to Fletcher:

Gender inequality
 
Best place to study:

At home, in my room

Favorite location on campus: 

Tennis courts in front of the school


Fields of Study

Public International Law

International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

Education before Fletcher

BA, Economics and political science - University of Geneva

Experience before Fletcher

Advisor - Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the UN, New York, NY, US

Advocacy Intern - Franciscans International, Geneva, Switzerland

Swiss UN Youth delegate - Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern, Switzerland 

Languages

German

French

Sign Language for the French-speaking part of Switzerland

English