Matthew Hoisington, 2012, United States

Associate Legal Officer, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs - New York, NY 

How did your Fletcher experience prepare you for your current job? The breadth of the Fletcher education, with its emphasis on law, diplomacy, international relations, economics, and political analysis, has allowed me to understand the different agendas of the various UN system organizations in a unique way. By forcing me to become fluent in areas outside of my expertise, the Fletcher curriculum has allowed me to become a more diverse, well-rounded, and flexible international civil servant. The ways in which I was "stretched" at Fletcher have left an indelible impact.

What class did you take that you never expected you would? The unexpected class that I took was with Prof. Chakravorti titled, "Innovation and Uncertainty in the Evolving Context of International Business." While I will never consider myself an expert in economics, this class has proven relevant to my work in international law and international organizations. Innovation is common to many contexts, and understanding how ideas are translated into executable programmes represents a vital element of my work.

Favorite Blog:

Opinio Juris

Favorite Book:

Gravity's Rainbow

Favorite Band:

Led Zeppelin

Most Pressing World Issue:

Climate change

Fletcher Alumnus You Admire:

Arnold Pronto

Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies
  • Public International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Law Society
  • Fletcher International Law Society
  • United Nations Club
  • Jessup Moot Court

Education before Fletcher

  • JD, Law, Boston College Law School
  • BA, Psychology and Brain Sciences/Government, Dartmouth College

Experience before Fletcher

  • United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, Office of the Legal Counsel, Intern - New York, NY
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Intern - The Hague, The Netherlands
  • United Nations, Office of Legal Affairs, Office of the Legal Counsel, Intern - New York, NY


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