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.
Flavia Fries holds a double degree in public and international law of the universities of Zurich and Maastricht. She is specialized in human rights law. After her studies, she worked in a sustainability consulting firm which consults companies and public institutions on social and environmental topics. During her fellowship, Flavia will examine the human rights impacts of globally active companies. She will draw a special focus on the improvement of living and working conditions in production countries.