Elaine Pui Yi Chan, 2011, Malaysia

Team Leader (Consultant) - The United Nations Development Programme, Yangon, Myanmar

Why I chose Fletcher: I chose Fletcher because I wanted more than just a law education; I wanted to have a broader understanding of the societies within which the law operates. The curriculum offered at Fletcher provides exactly that – both depth in grounding of international norms and standards, as well as breadth to appreciate the law in a contextual setting. I also knew that I would be learning from my peers. The richness and diversity in backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that they bring to Fletcher continually amazed me.

How I first learned about Fletcher: I first learned of Fletcher through friendships with a few alumni. The bond they shared was evident despite having left Fletcher and living in different parts of the world.  I became intrigued with this group of people whose members were doing the most interesting things in various reaches of the globe, and thus, began to seriously consider the school for graduate studies. Now I can say that being part of this special community is truly inspiring.

Favorite newspaper:
International Herald Tribune

Favorite author:
JK Rowling

Favorite blog:
The Sartorialist

Most pressing world issue:
Climate change

Favorite lecture attended:
International Legal Order

Fields of Study

  • International Organizations
  • Public International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Law Society
  • Global Women Network

Education before Fletcher

  • LLB, Law, University of New South Wales
  • BEc, Development Economics / Econometrics, University of New South Wales

Experience before Fletcher

  • International Commission of Jurists, Associate Legal Officer - Bangkok, Thailand
  • International Commission of Jurists, Programme Officer - Bangkok, Thailand
  • Anti-Poverty Week 2006, National Coordinator - Sydney, Australia


  • Mandarin
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Cantonese
  • English