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Mr Alexander Fischer

LLM (LSE) MA (Heidelberg)


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Lecturer in Law

SOAS South Asia Institute

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Mr Alexander Fischer
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Alexander Fischer specialises in comparative constitutional law, with special reference to India. Before joining the SOAS School of Law in 2007, he was a lecturer at the South Asia Institute, Department of Political Science, University of Heidelberg. Alex is visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS), New Delhi; he was visiting scholar at the Global Legal Studies Center (GLS), University of Wisconsin Law School (2012) and visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University (2004-2005, with research grants from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the German Academic Exchange Service). Alex holds degrees from the LSE, BA Anthropology & Law (1999) as well as LLM (2007), and from the University of Heidelberg, MA Political Science of South Asia (2002). His most recent publication is a co-edited book: “State and Society in South Asia: Themes of Assertion and Recognition” (2014, Samskriti, New Delhi).  He was Assistant Series Editor (2007-2011) for Constitutional Systems of the World, Hart Publishing, and Deputy Editor (from 2002 to 2006) of the Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics.


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Book Chapters

Fischer, Alexander and Zingel, W.P. (2008) 'Food Security and the Right to Food in India: For Whom, How and Why?' In: Singh, M.P. and Goerlich, H. and von Hauff, Michael, (eds.), Human Rights and Basic Needs: Theory and Practice. New Delhi: Universal Law, pp. 191-214.

Fischer, Alexander (2003) 'Asiatische Werte? Indigene Charakteristika im indischen Verfassungsrecht. [Asian Values? Indigenous Characteristics of Indian Constitutional Law].' In: Mitra, S.K. and Rill, B., (eds.), Indien heute: Brennpunkte seiner Innenpolitik. Hanns Seidel Stiftung/Akademie fuer Politik und Zeitgeschehen, pp. 55-69.

Fischer, Alexander and Dohrmann, J. (2001) 'Public Interest Litigation in Indien.' In: Draguhn, W., (ed.), Indien 2001. Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft. Hamburg: Institut fuer Asienkunde, pp. 145-168.


Fischer, Alexander (2007) 'Which Road to Social Revolution? Liberalization and Constitutional Reform in India.' Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics, Workin (No.34).

Fischer, Alexander and Mitra, K. (2002) 'Sacred Laws and the Secular State: An Analytical Narrative of the Controversy over Personal Laws in India.' India Review, 1 (3). pp. 99-130.

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