The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
Jelena Hawellek focused on public international law and European law at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. As a legal clerk she was seconded to the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin and the Division of European Affairs of the German Bundestag. She subsequently worked as an associate legal officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). As a Mercator Fellow, she will focus on how to safeguard the guarantees of various human rights instruments in the European refugee policy and on practical approaches for providing short-term protection for refugees.