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David Fisher

About me

David Fisher, B.A. 1978 (Fordham University), J.D. 1981 (New York Law School), LL.D. 1990 (Stockholm University). Professor of international law since 2005. Research fields include human rights, conflict of laws and outer space law. The present focus of my research is human rights in Southeast Asia. 


I have mainly lectured in the fields of public international law, the conflict of laws and Swedish constitutional law.


Research interests

The focus of my research is on public international law, particularly human rights. My doctoral dissertation ”Prior Consent to International Direct Satellite Broadcasting” (1990) addressed the question whether satellite television could – consistent with international law - be broadcast to a foreign state’s population without the prior consent of that state. My book ”Defamation via Satellite: A European Law Perspective” (1998) examined which country’s rules of tort law and jurisdiction apply to the allegedly defamatory content of transborder satellite television broadcasts in Europe. My research has, since the start of the millennium, focused on human rights in Southeast Asia and been published as law journal articles or book chapters.

Academic background
I defended my doctoral dissertation, entitled ”Prior Consent to International Direct Satellite Broadcasting,” at the Stockholm University Faculty of Law in 1990. The dissertation project was supervised by Professor Lars Hjerner. Between 1991-95, I worked at the Faculty as a postdoctoral fellow in private international law. I was appointed the following year as senior lecturer in law. In 1998, I was granted the title of associate professor in international law and was promoted in 2005 to full professor in the same subject.

Visiting Scholar
Peking University, Faculty of Law, Beijing 
Assumption University, Faculty of Law, Bangkok 
Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Law, Bangkok 

Academic board membership
Deputy board member, Research Committee, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University (2006-2008)
Deputy board member, Information Committee, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University (1999-2001)

Member, Panel Selection Committee for European Society of International Law Conference, Stockholm 2021
Moderator for panel discussion ”EU/China Relations-Fiscal and Energy issues” at the conference ”EU-China relations in the post-financial and fiscal crisis” Stockholm/Helsinki 2015

Fellow, Stockholm Center for International Law & Justice (SCILJ) 
Member, International Advisory Board, Legal Aid Network [a human rights advocacy organization], Kachin State, Burma (Myanmar)
Academic advisor, Federal Law Academy, Kachin State, Burma (Myanmar)

Research projects


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