Chair in Public International Law,
European Law and Public Law
Dean of the Law School
Bardo Fassbender is Professor of International Law, European Law and Public Law at the University of St. Gallen. He studied law, history and political science at the University of Bonn (Germany) and holds an LL.M from Yale Law School and a Doctor iuris from the Humboldt University in Berlin, where he also completed his Habilitation and became Privatdozent for the disciplines of public law, international law, European law and constitutional history. He was a Ford Foundation Senior Fellow in Public International Law at Yale University and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He advised the Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations on the subject of “Targeted sanctions of the UN Security Council and Due Process of Law”. Before joining the University of St. Gallen in 2013, he held the chair in international law and human rights law at the Bundeswehr University in Munich.
His principal fields of research are public international law, United Nations law, comparative constitutional law and theory, and the history of international and constitutional law.
His books include UN Security Council and the Right of Veto: A Constitutional Perspective (Kluwer Law International, 1998), Der offene Bundesstaat [The Federal State as an Open System: Foreign Relations Powers and the International Legal Personality of States Members of Federal States in Europe] (Mohr Siebeck, 2007), and The United Nations Charter as the Constitution of the International Community (Martinus Nijhoff, 2009). He edited the volume Securing Human Rights? Achievements and Challenges of the UN Security Council (Oxford University Press, 2011) and, together with Anne Peters, The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is co-editor of the series Studien zur Geschichte des Völkerrechts (Studies in the History of International Law, Nomos).