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Human Rights Unbound

Human Rights Unbound


Human Rights Unbound

Lea Raible

ISBN: 9780198863373 (Hardcover)
Publicado: 11 August 2020
Páginas: 256

This book explores to what extent a state owes human rights obligations to individuals outside of its territory, when the conduct of that state impacts upon the lives of those individuals. It draws upon legal and political philosophy to develop a theory of extraterritoriality based on the nature of human rights, merging accounts of economic, social, and cultural rights with those of civil and political rights

Lea Raible outlines four main arguments aimed at changing the way we think about the extraterritoriality of human rights. First, she argues that questions regarding extraterritoriality are really about justifying the allocation of human rights obligations to specific states. Second, the book shows that human rights as found in international human rights treaties are underpinned by the values of integrity and equality. Third, she shows that these same values justify the allocation of human rights obligations towards specific individuals to public institutions – including states – that hold political power over those individuals. And finally, the book demonstrates that title to territory is best captured by the value of stability, as opposed to integrity and equality. On this basis, Raible concludes that all standards in international human rights treaties that count as human rights require that a threshold of jurisdiction, understood as political power over individuals, is met. The book applies this theory of extraterritoriality to explain the obligations of states in a wide range of cases.


1. Extraterritoriality as a Matter of Interpretation
2. The Values of International Human Rights Law
3. Jurisdiction and Justification
4. A Concept of Power as the Basis of Jurisdiction
5. Jurisdiction as Political Power
6. Title to Territory and Jurisdiction: Three and a Half Models for a Fraught Relationship
7. Connecting the Dots: Case Studies


Lea Raible is a Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Glasgow. She has previously held academic positions at Maastricht University, the University of Edinburgh, and University College London.

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