Prof. Dr. Klemens H. Fischer

AIES Board Member und Senior Advisor

Prof Dr Klemens H. Fischer, born in 1964, is Professor of International Relations and Geopolitics at the University of Cologne. From 1993 to 2022, he was member of the Austrian EU Embassy in Brussels, most recently with the rank of Minister plenipotentiary and Head of Department. During that period, he took part in key negotiations on European integration, including as a member of the Austrian accession negotiating team and the Group of Government Representatives for the Treaty of Nice. Between 2011 and 2022, he was Chairman of the Steering Group/EU High Level Governance Process.

Klemens H. Fischer studied law and business administration at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, where he obtained his doctorate in 1989 with a dissertation on international law. In 2006, he habilitated in political science at the University of Siegen with a venia legendi in international relations and in 2010 accepted an academic invitation to teach at the University of Cologne. He was appointed professor in Cologne in July 2016.

Klemens H. Fischer has been a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, since 1996. He is Board Member and Senior Advisor at the AIES.

Fischer publishes regularly in his main research areas on European and international law, international relations and lobbying. In the EU context, he has published commentaries on the Treaty of Nice, the Convention on the Future of Europe, the European Constitutional Treaty, the Treaty of Lisbon, and the Evolution of the EU Trea-ties, as well as textbooks on EU business-government relations and EU lobbying. In the context of international relations and geopolitics, Fischer is, inter alia, co-editor of the AIES Series on European and Security Policy, where he is currently editor-in-chief for a multi-volume series on the future of European security policy, and publishes articles on the stability of European security and defence policy, the enforceability of the rule of law in international relations, and a textbook on international relations and geopolitics.