By Fredrik von Bothmer

Author Fred von Bothmer

Author Fred von Bothmer

This year’s International Law Weekend’s (ILW) slogan “Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers” seemed to be the perfect fit for The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s LL.M. candidates. We naturally aim to find ways in which international law provides fundamental tools and mechanisms to address emerging global issues in our future careers. This is why the LL.M. students were very excited about the possibility to go on the trip to the ILW in New York City.

In addition, the ILW had a perfect timing because it was immediately after the midterm exams. This way it also served as a little treat for the hard work put into the preparation for the exams. Although we are a rather small group that sticks together, we still have a broad variety of interests and different courses we take. That is why it was great to catch up with the fellow LL.M. colleagues on what they are currently working on. Moreover, it was a chance to also catch up with friends and colleagues working in New York.

The range of topics covered by expert panels, such as TTIP, Counterterrorism, European Migration, or even rather entertaining topics like Corruption at FIFA at the impressive locations of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Fordham School of Law was very compelling. There truly was something for everyone! We met old friends, made new friends, got to know our colleagues better, and were even able to network with potential future employers. All in all, the conference was a great success!


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