The Routledge Handbook on Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations brings international scholarship on transnational human rights obligations into a comprehensive and wide-ranging volume.

Each chapter combines a thorough analysis of a particular issue area and provides a forward-looking perspective of how extraterritorial human rights obligations (ETOs) might come to be more fully recognized, outlining shortcomings but also best state practices. It builds insights gained from state practice to identify gaps in the literature and points to future avenues of inquiry. The Handbook is organized into seven thematic parts: conceptualization and theoretical foundations; enforcement; migration and refugee protection; financial assistance and sanctions; finance, investment and trade; peace and security; and environment. Chapters summarize the cutting edge of current knowledge on key topics as leading experts critically reflect on ETOs, and, where appropriate, engage with the Maastricht Principles to critically evaluate their value 10 years after their adoption.

The Routledge Handbook on Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations is an authoritative and essential reference text for scholars and students of human rights and human rights law, and more broadly, of international law and international relations as well as to those working in international economic law, development studies, peace and conflict studies, environmental law and migration.


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ByWouter Vandenhole, Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Mark Gibney, Markus Krajewski
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part I|81 pages

Conceptualization and theoretical foundations

chapter 121|12 pages

The historical development of extraterritorial obligations

ByMark Gibney
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chapter 2|15 pages

Global human rights obligations

BySigrun Skogly
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chapter 4|12 pages

Justifying extraterritorial human rights obligations

An ethical perspective
ByAngela Müller
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chapter 6|15 pages

Digitalization: The new extraterritorial challenge to extraterritorial obligations

ByNicoletta Dentico, Mohammed El Said, Giacomo Capuzzo
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part II|58 pages


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chapter 8|15 pages

Extraterritorial obligations in the inter-American human rights system

ByClara Burbano-Herrera, Yves Haeck
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chapter 9|15 pages

Extraterritorial obligations in the European human rights system

ByYves Haeck, Clara Burbano Herrera, Hannah Ghulam Farag
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part III|60 pages

Migration and refugee protection

chapter 15211|16 pages

Extraterritorial human rights obligations in regard to refugees and migrants

ByThomas Gammeltoft-Hansen
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chapter 12|13 pages

The establishment of ETOs in the context of externalised migration control

ByKristof Gombeer, Stefaan Smis
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chapter 13|14 pages

Climate change displacement and socio-economic rights of the child under the African human rights system

The relevance of ETOs
ByAdemola Oluborode Jegede
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chapter 14|15 pages

Diplomatic asylum and extraterritorial non-refoulement

The foundational and enduring contribution of Latin America to extraterritorial human rights obligations
ByRalph Wilde
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part IV|57 pages

Financial assistance and sanctions

chapter 21215|13 pages

Human rights-based approaches to development assistance and policies

ByLilian Chenwi
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chapter 16|16 pages

Financialization of development cooperation

ETO responses
ByRoman Herre, Stephan Backes
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chapter 17|13 pages

Extraterritorial human rights obligations and sovereign debt

ByEmma Luce Scali
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part V|82 pages

Finance, investment and trade

chapter 27019|13 pages

Extraterritorial human rights obligations and international financial institutions

ByStéphanie de Moerloose, Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Joshua Curtis
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chapter 20|15 pages

Home-state regulation of corporations

ByDaniel Augenstein
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chapter 21|13 pages

International tax transparency and Least Developed Countries

ByRod Michelmore
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chapter 22|13 pages

Corruption, human rights and extraterritorial obligations

ByKhulekani Moyo
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part VI|67 pages

Peace and security

chapter 35225|13 pages

Extraordinary rendition

A classic example of the USA avoiding ETOs as seen from Europe
ByElspeth Guild
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chapter 26|13 pages

Surveillance and cyber operations

ByMarko Milanovic
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chapter 27|13 pages

Arms trade and weapons export control

ByMarina Aksenova
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chapter 28|12 pages

Extraterritorial military action

ByVito Todeschini
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chapter 29|14 pages

Cybersecurity and extraterritorial obligations of states

ByMatthias C. Kettemann, Anna Sophia Tiedeke
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part VII|41 pages


chapter 42030|13 pages

Climate justice and the ETOs

BySara L. Seck
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chapter 31|13 pages

Cross-border pollution

ByAntal Berkes
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chapter 32|13 pages

ETOs and biodiversity A right to food perspective on the intersection of human rights and environmental law

ByPhilip Seufert, Suárez Monsalve Suárez
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part VIII|7 pages


chapter 46233|5 pages


The future of extraterritorial human rights obligations
ByGamze Erdem Türkelli, Mark Gibney, Wouter Vandenhole, Markus Krajewski
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