Jeff Smith, 2010, Canada and EU

Lawyer/Law Professor/Commercial Arbitrator - Smith & Partners LLC/Smith et Associes (EU), Ottawa, Canada

Why I chose Fletcher: The Fletcher School is simply a great place to be. It's more than a superb program, or the very talented faculty. It's the sharing of experience with classmates from around the world, of the quality of thinking throughout our halls, and the shared aspiration to work for a better world.

Something that has surprised me about Fletcher: The knowledge, experience and dedication to learning in my classmates was striking. People come to Fletcher because they're committed to excellence in all its forms. I can say honestly that I learned as much in conversation with my global classmates as I did in my formal studies at Fletcher.

Favorite magazine:

East Timor Law Journal

Favorite food:

Goanese, served in a cafe in Melbourne, Australia

Most rewarding trip:

International election observer, East Timor, 2007

Experience when you felt the farthest from home:

Sailing across the Leyte Gulf, Phillipine Islands

Fields of Study

  • Public International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Law Students
  • Fletcher Running Club
  • Tufts University President's Marathon Club
  • Fletcher Canadian Caucus

Education before Fletcher

  • B.Sc., Engineering Physics, Royal Roads Military College; Canada
  • LL.B., Law, Faculty of Law - University of Victoria; Canada

Experience before Fletcher

  • B.C. Ferry Services Inc., Director Fleet Planning & Projects - Vancouver, Canada
  • Lawyer in private practice - Vancouver, Canada
  • United Nations mission in East Timor, Law of the sea counsel - East Timor


  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Ukrainian
  • Tetum
  • English