From the Foreword by Prof. Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food:
‘This volume is the result of over ten years of research conducted jointly by non-governmental organisations and universities. It presents a range of cases in which the actions or omissions of States have impact on the enjoyment of human rights outside their national territory, raising the question of whether, and under which conditions, such conduct may engage the international responsibility of the States concerned. When the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights were adopted on 28 September 2011, it is these cases, among others, that the experts who developed these principles had in mind.
As such, the series of case studies presented by Fons Coomans and Rolf Künnemann is at the cutting edge both of human rights activism and of human rights doctrine. This volume provides clear evidence both that the Maastricht Principles are useful and important, and that if we accept to build on the extraterritorial obligations of States, the accountability gap that economic globalization has created can be closed.’
This book is essential reading for academics, students, NGOs and other practitioners. The human rights community should start making the analysis of extraterritorial obligations a standard part of its casework. The cases in this book show why this is necessary and how this can be done.
About the authors
Fons Coomans holds the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Peace at Maastricht University. Rolf Künnemann is Human Rights Director at FIAN International.
General Introduction (p. 1)
CHAPTER 1. TRADE AND INVESTMENT (p. 5)
CHAPTER 2. ECODESTRUCTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE (p. 103)
CHAPTER 3. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL POLICIES (p. 145)
CHAPTER 4. INTERGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (p. 193)
CHAPTER 5. TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS (p. 225)
CHAPTER 6. MILITARY CONFLICT (p. 251)
Bibliography (p. 287)
Annex: Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (p. 291)
The Maastricht Series in Human Rights facilitates and supports research in the field of human rights at the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights of Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law. The research is interdisciplinary, with a focus on public international law, criminal law and social sciences.
Volume in the series have been peer reviewed under the responsibility of the Board of the Centre. The Series is published under the editorial supervision of Professor Menno Kamminga and Professor Fons Coomans.
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