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Stefan Kuuskne

Associate Legal Officer in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations,
Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

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Summary
In this edition of the Professional Development podcast series, former ACUNS intern and now Associate Legal Officer in the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, Stefan Kuuskne, speaks with Alistair Edgar about some of the pathways that can lead to a career in the United Nations. Kuuskne, who initially intended to pursue a career in medicine and humanitarian aid work, discusses how his academic studies led to a legal career with an interest in transboundary water disputes. While Kuuskne is keen to emphasize that the UN is staffed with individuals from every possible background, he also identifies some of the strategies that can help lead to a position in the UN. Enthusiastic and dedicated, Kuuskne provides information about formal and informal avenues to experience and employment. Full of helpful advice, this podcast is incredibly helpful for young academics and practitioners.

Resources
United Nations careers website careers.un.org

United Nations Young Professionals Programme

Junior Professional Officer programme

Temporary jobs at the UN

United Nations Internships

United Nations Volunteers

UNICEF New and Emerging Talent Initiative

Biography
Mr. Stefan Marc Kuuskne is an Associate Legal Officer in the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs – Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea in New York. He was previously an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York and Paris and has worked as member of Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, and at Global Affairs Canada in the Crime, Security and Diplomatic Law section. He obtained a B.A. in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, an M.A. in Political Science and International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada. His academic publications focus upon international dispute settlement, international water and ocean law and transboundary governance.