Today we have a short description of one of the best activities I learned about when I asked students to tell me what they’ve been doing this academic year. Erin provides the details, along with a photo I love. (Doesn’t everyone pack a Fletcher flag when they travel to Europe?)
From March 26-31, eight other Fletcher students and I participated in an International Criminal Court simulation in Krzyzowa, Poland. I first heard about this opportunity from another Fletcher student who had connections with the organization, and she put us all in contact with the program’s organizer. Through this Fletcher connection, we had the opportunity to fly to Poland and join a multinational team of individuals studying international affairs and law from countries all around the world, including Poland, Germany, Serbia, Myanmar, and Georgia. Through the simulation, we worked to prosecute, defend, and judge cases concerning genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The program was organized by the German Kreisau-Initiative and the Polish Krzyzowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and it generously provided funding for our accommodations and transportation to Poland. As a first-year MALD student focusing on human rights and international organizations, this opportunity is a perfect complement to my current coursework which includes International Criminal Justice and Understanding Mass Atrocities.