Protecting Human Rights Beyond Borders

The commentary on the Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was published in the latest issue of the Human Rights Quarterly of November 2012.

This new document provides an analysis of each of the Maastricht Principles as well as the legal sources on which the latter are based.

As such, it will represent an important resource for practitioners and activists who want to protect human rights in a globalized and complex world in which traditional territorial borders have lost their primacy.

In September 2011, the Maastricht Principles had been adopted by 40 international law and Human Rights Experts during a conference convened by the Maastricht Centre for Human rights and the ICJ. They establish a set of Principles defining obligations and responsibilities for the realization of ESCR in the context of the extraterritorial acts and omissions of States.

The Principles build on the Limburg Principles on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1986) and on the Maastricht Guidelines on Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1997).

HRQMaastricht-Maastricht Principles on ETO (Full text in pdf)

Maastricht ETO Principles-booklet-2012 (Full text in pdf)

Maastricht ETO Principles-booklet-2012-Fr (Full text in pdf)

Maastricht ETO Principles-booklet-2012-Sp (Full text in pdf)


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