David P. Fidler (USA) is Professor of Law and Ira
C. Batman Faculty Fellow at Indiana University School of
Law, Bloomington, Indiana, where he teaches a variety of
international legal subjects, including Public International
Law, International Environmental Law, International Law
and Global Public Health, International Trade, Law and International
Relations, and Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Rule
Professor Fidler works extensively on the relationship
between international law and public health. His scholarship
in this area has been published in law reviews and public
health periodicals and concerns many different topics, from
antimicrobial resistance to biological terrorism. He also
has extensive experience serving as an international legal
consultant for governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental
entities, including the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the Federation
of American Scientists. Professor Fidler has also published
extensively on other international topics, including international
relations theory, economic development in Palestine, and
human rights concerns created by the globalization of baseball.
Professor Fidler received his B.A. in English Literature
and Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1986.
He then studied international relations at the University
of Oxford, earning a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree
in 1988. His legal education includes a Juris Doctor degree
from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree
from the University of Oxford. He was in private law practice
in London and Kansas City, Missouri before joining the faculty
of the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1995.
· David P. Fidler (2001)"Geographical Morality"
Revisited: International Relations, International Law, and
the Controversy Over Placebo-Controlled HIV Clinical Trials
in Developing Countries, 42 HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW
· David P. Fidler (2001) Challenges to Humanity's
Health: The Contributions of International Environmental
Law to National and Global Public Health, 31 ENVIRONMENTAL
LAW REPORTER 10048.
· David P. Fidler (2001) The Globalization of
Public Health: The First 100 Years of International Health
Diplomacy, 79 BULLETIN OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
· David P. Fidler (2001) The Return of "Microbialpolitik",
FOREIGN POLICY (Jan./Feb.) 80.
· David P. Fidler (2000) INTERNATIONAL LAW AND PUBLIC
HEALTH: MATERIALS ON AND ANALYSIS OF GLOBAL HEALTH JURISPRUDENCE
(Ardsley, NY: Transnational Publishers.
· David P. Fidler (1999) INTERNATIONAL LAW AND INFECTIOUS
DISEASES (Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Anarchy & Disease: Public Health and International
My research proposal seeks to bridge the gap between the
study of global public health and international relations
theory. I will study the place and role of public health
in world politics through the lens of international relations
The discipline of international relations theory has ignored
public health as an issue in world politics. The discipline
of public health has not made robust use of ideas and approaches
from international relations theory to explain the globalization
of public health and to examine global health governance.
A dialogue between the disciplines of public health and
international relations is needed as globalization increasingly
affects national and international efforts on public health.
The dialogue between public health and international relations
theory will connect to cutting-edge scholarly and real-world
efforts to deal with public health problems in a globalizing
world. Public health practitioners and scholars increasingly
try to understand the globalization of public health, global
health governance, and the production of global public goods
for health. These efforts could benefit from concepts developed
in international relations theory in connection with other
global problems. The emergence of public health issues,
such as HIV/AIDS and tobacco control, on the global diplomatic
agenda of leading countries and international organizations
likewise signals the need to bring public health and international
relations theory closer in the analysis of the world politics
of public health.
The proposed research will be designed to achieve three
objectives: (1) determining the place of public health in
leading theories of international relations; (2) analyzing
how specific public health problems are handled in contemporary
world politics; and (3) evaluating theoretical and practical
ideas about how to strengthen public health's place in world
The proposed research connects to the NCS objectives of
(1) deepening understanding about the social context of
global public health through analysis of theoretical frameworks
that affect the global health debate; and (2) examining
how the broader social context of global public health shapes
responses to global health challenges and affects innovation
in global health governance.