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The Extra-Territorial Reach Of Human Rights Obligations: A Brief Perspective On The Link To Jurisdiction

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The involvement of European States in peacekeeping and peace-monitoring operations around the world, and even in combat against or on behalf of other States, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, puts in question the extent to which the international obligations of the State travel with it when it ventures abroad. The concept of jurisdiction as a threshold criterion of responsibility for human rights violations remains problematic, particularly in the case of claims arising from the extra-territorial acts and omissions of the State. It is most usually used against a general international law background, where it signifies the legal competence of the State - judicial, legislative and administrative - "often referred to as sovereignty".

Keywords: European states; Human Rights; international law; jurisdiction



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