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【留学生专访】Hannah Getachew:致力于成为国际律师
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  在来到北京大学国际法学院就读之前,Hannah Getachew曾居住在英国,加拿大,法国,肯尼亚,和北京等其他几个地方。所以,她对于如何高质量地在国外生活相当有经验。虽然她之前住过不少地方,但是能让她真正称之为家的地方是埃塞俄比亚的亚的斯亚贝巴,一个被她形容为具有公共性并且当地居民均以家庭为中心的城市。”亚的斯亚贝巴在某种方面来说很像中国,有很多的施工和建设。你永远都不知道哪些道路是封闭施工,哪些是开放使用的,每天都一个模样。”的确,就如Hannah所说,深圳三十年以来的快速发展离不开它的工程建设。

Hannah (right) with her mother at Bole Medhanialem in Addis Ababa

  Hannah在加拿大的蒙特利尔的麦克吉尔大学学习了国际发展与经济后,花了6周在印度实践,并在印度善治研究基金会实习两个月。她认为正是这次的经历成为了她在国际发展方面与法学两个学科之间的桥梁,最后让她选择在伦敦玛丽女王大学就读。Hannah认为是她众多实习和工作经验让她走上了今天的道路。其中尤为重要的是她在亚的斯亚贝巴的非洲气候政策中心作为一个研究员的工作经历。虽然她之前就对这个领域很感兴趣,但是正是这次的工作经历使她确认了要学习国际环境法。转眼至今,她已经在国际法学院就读LL.M.课程一年了。

Hannah (right) with a friend in Hong Kong

  Hannah刚刚上完了第一个季度的课,“到目前为止,我上过的课有“起草双语合同”、“东亚经济结构与跨文化谈判。”国际法学院给她提供了大量提升技巧性的、可灵活转移的技能的机会,但是最让她惊喜的是Ray Campbell教授的跨文化谈判课。“那是我最喜欢的课。它不光有学术的一面,还教了我很多做人的道理,让我在意想不到的方面成长了。”课程安排是先进行六个星期的理论教学,随后学生通过实践来丰富他们的知识。每个学生会分配到一个案例,在案例之中他们需要代表一方。经过一星期的准备后,每个人与他们的搭档代表相反方进行谈判,之后的一节课上他们再呈现谈判结果。通过观看不同学生的呈现,学生们可以针对于表现成功或者不足的地方给出自己的意见。“可能有一个星期我跟一个坚持己见的同学进行谈判,下一个星期会跟一个比较容易协作的同学谈判,再一周可能又是一个比较固执的同学”。这个课程的概念一开始可能因为充满未知而令人望而生畏,但是课堂本身是充满轻松愉快的氛围的。“我在课程结束后看到了自己与他人的不同,同时我学会了在必要时,保持自己立场的坚定。整个过程是积极向上的!”

 

  尽管在深圳只待了三个月(截至采访时),她已经很好的适应了中国的生活。但这并不是一个简单的过程。“我想在刚来这里时的体验跟现在已经很不同了。这是一个很大的调整:来到深圳并调整自己的生活,了解学术课程并且认识新的朋友等”。在她的学生伙伴和校园顾问寇尚洋子(STL 3L的学生)的帮助下,她慢慢地适应了深圳的生活。从语言障碍到使用淘宝,她说“任何发生的问题,Kelly都非常积极地帮我,这让我的生活真正的有了不同”。

 

  至于其他的留学生同学,她发现或许是因为自己性格开朗、较于开放并热爱冒险的原因,她很容易跟他们建立起友谊。“这里有一群人们,以同样的方式看世界,而你不一定在别的地方能发现这样的人。”她补充道,可能是因为大家都是离开了自己原本的生活,并搬到了中国,所以容易快速跟同样的人形成紧密的关系。

  当我们的谈话快至结尾时,我问Hannah她对未来的规划是怎样的。她说她计划6月毕业时留在中国,并且希望去北京。当时参加的北大中文强化课程使她爱上了这座城市。最终,她希望在南南发展以及多国条约领域中致力于解决国际环境法问题,并实现她成为环境律师的目标。

 

作者:Megan Mancenido
译者:杨婉冬

 

Before coming to study law at the PKU School of Transnational Law, Hannah Getachew lived in England, Canada, France, Kenya, and Beijing among several other places—so needless to say she’s quite used to living ‘abroad.’ Although her list of previous residences is fairly long, the place that she truly calls home is Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a city she describes as very communal and family-oriented. “In some ways it’s a lot like China, there’s a lot of construction. You never know which roads are open and which ones are closed; things look different every day.” Hannah’s words definitely apply to Shenzhen and its rapid thirty-seven years of development, made evident by the construction site within view from our booth at Starbucks.

After studying International Development and Economics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, she backpacked through India for six weeks, and capped off the trip with a two-month internship for the Research Foundation for Good Governance in India. She credits this opportunity as the bridge between her development studies and law school, which she attended afterward at Queen Mary University of London. Hannah has her internships and work experiences to thank for eventually setting her on the path she is on today. Of particular influence was her time spent as a researcher on climate change law and policy at the African Climate Policy Center in Addis Ababa.  Though she had previously been interested in the subject, this job experience convinced her to fully pursue international environmental law. Fast forward to the present, where she is currently enrolled in STL’s LL.M. program for one year.

“So far I’ve taken Drafting Bilingual Contracts, East Asian Economic Structures and Cross-cultural Negotiations,” she says of her first completed quarter. While STL has already provided her with a great deal of technical, transferable skills, she was surprised by the personal effect that Professor Ray Campbell’s Cross-Cultural Negotiations class had on her. “That was my favorite class because it had the academic side but it also taught me a lot about myself as a person; it helped me grow in ways I wasn’t expecting.” The course is structured so that after six weeks of theory-based teachings, all students put their newly learned knowledge to practice. Each student is assigned a situation in which they need to represent one side. After a weekend’s worth of preparation, each person negotiates with their partner representing the opposing side of the case. In the following class session, each pair presents on whether or not they reached an agreement. In seeing everyone else’s presentations, students can pinpoint where there is room for improvement and in which areas they were successful. “One week I might be negotiating with someone who was very competitive, or the next week was someone really collaborative, while the week after would be someone who was aggressive.” While the concept of the class can seem daunting at first, the classroom is nothing but friendly and encouraging. “I saw a difference at the end [of the course]—I’m better at putting my foot down when the situation calls for it. It’s a supportive atmosphere.”

Hannah (right) with a friend in Hong Kong

Despite having only been in Shenzhen for three months (at the time of interview), she has acclimated well to life in China, but that isn’t to say it was a simple transition. “I think my experiences at the start of it and now are completely different. It was a big adjustment: coming to Shenzhen and getting my life together, understanding the academic curriculum, and sorting out my group of friends.”  With the help of her student host and Campus Advisor, Kelly Kou (a 3L student at STL), she adjusted to her new life in Shenzhen smoothly. From language barrier issues to navigating the vast expanse that is Taobao (China’s answer to an eBay/Amazon equivalent), she says that for “everything and anything that comes up here, [Kelly] is so supportive and that makes a real difference.”

As for her international student peers, she finds it easy to connect with others no matter where they are from due to a few shared personality traits, including being open-minded and adventurous. “There’s this community of individuals that see the world in the same way, which you wouldn’t necessarily have somewhere else,” adding that because everyone has uprooted their lives and moved to China, it’s easy to quickly form close bonds with others.

As our chat comes to an end, I ask Hannah about what the future looks like for her. She explains that she would like to stay in China after completing her program in June. She has her eyes set on Beijing, a city she fell in love with during a stint at Peking University for an intensive language course. Eventually, she would like to work on issues of international environmental law in the field of South-South development and multi-national treaties, fulfilling her goal of being an environmental lawyer.

To learn more about the PKU School of Transnational Law and its program, please see the official website here.

Written by Megan Mancenido

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