Questions of legal extraterritoriality figure prominently in scholarship on legal pluralism, transnational legal studies, international investment law, international human rights law, state responsibility under international law, and a large number of other areas. Yet many accounts of extraterritoriality make little effort to grapple with its thorny conceptual history, shifting theoretical valence, and complex political roots and ramifications. 

This book brings together thirteen scholars of law, history, and politics in order to reconsider the history, theory, and contemporary relevance of legal extraterritoriality. Situating questions of extraterritoriality in a set of broader investigations into state-building, imperialist rivalry, capitalist expansion, and human rights protection, it tracks the multiple meanings and functions of a distinct and far-reaching mode of legal authority. The fundamental aim of the volume is to examine the different geographical contexts in which extraterritorial regimes have developed, the political and economic pressures in response to which such regimes have grown, the highly uneven distributions of extraterritorial privilege that have resulted from these processes, and the complex theoretical quandaries to which this type of privilege has given rise.

The book will be of considerable interest to scholars in law, history, political science, socio-legal studies, international relations, and legal geography.

part I|56 pages

What is extraterritoriality?

chapter 2|19 pages

In the middle of nowhere

The futile quest to distinguish territoriality from extraterritoriality

part II|100 pages

Constituting and contesting extraterritoriality

chapter 5|17 pages

‘Uneven empires’

Extraterritoriality and the early trading companies

chapter 6|15 pages

Protégé problems

Qing officials, extraterritoriality, and global integration in nineteenth-century China

chapter 7|15 pages

Drinking water by the sea

Real and unreal property in the mixed courts of Egypt

chapter 8|17 pages

‘And the laws are rude … crude and uncertain’

Extraterritoriality and the emergence of territorialised statehood in Siam

part III|61 pages

Extraterritoriality in the contemporary world-system

chapter 11|17 pages

Extraterritoriality as an analytic lens

Examining the global governance of transnational bribery and corruption

chapter 12|15 pages

From extraterritorial jurisdiction to sovereignty

The annexation of Palestine

chapter 13|13 pages

Extraterritoriality reconsidered

Functional boundaries as repositories of jurisdiction