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Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations in the Age of Reemerging Nationalism

Conference Announcement

Theme: Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations in the Age of Reemerging Nationalism
Subtitle: Are They Really Justified?
Type: International Conference
Institution: Faculty of Law, University of Zurich
Location: Zurich (Switzerland)
Date: 21.–22.11.2019

The academic debate on the extraterritorial application of human
rights is intense and sophisticated. In the last few years, it has
often been taken for granted that such extraterritorial obligations
on the part of states exist and the research focus has turned to
their scope and the modes of implementing them. At the same time,
some of the duty-bearers at stake still question their legitimacy.
With rising nationalist tendencies in all parts of the world, this is
unlikely to change soon. Furthermore, philosophical attacks on the
idea of human rights in general and their universality in particular
have increased, backed prominently by revisionist historical work.

If extraterritorial application of human rights shall be realized and
implemented in practice, it seems necessary to return to addressing
the foundational question of their justifiability as well as counter
arguments that promote a territorial limitation of states’ human
rights obligations. By combining legal and philosophical
perspectives, this is the aim the conference hopes to achieve.


Thursday, 21 November 2019

12.45 – 13.00
Welcoming Remarks

13.00 – 13.45
Prof. David Cole, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.: Title TBA
Comment by: Dr. Odile Ammann

13.50 – 14.35
Prof. Sigrun Skogly, Lancaster University:
“Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations – a Necessity in the Age
of Reemerging Nationalism”
Comment by: Alexandra Hansen, MLaw, MSc

14.35 – 15.00
Coffee Break

15.00 – 15.45
Prof. Marko Milanovic, University of Nottingham:
“The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the Extraterritorial Application
of the Right to Life" (presentation only)

15.50 – 16.35
Prof. Samantha Besson, University of Fribourg:
“Due Diligence and the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights”
Comment by: Dr. Anne Kühler

16.40 – 17.25
Prof. Tilmann Altwicker, University of Zurich:
“Extraterritorial Obligations in the History of Ideas"
Comment by: Dr. Christoph Good

Dinner in Restaurant Neumarkt (by invitation only)

Friday, 22 November 2019

09.00 – 09.45
Dr. Roland Burke, La Trobe University (video presentation):
“The Eclipse of the Universal Rights Vision: Developmental
Dictatorship and National Particularism, 1966-1993”
Comment by: Youlo Wujohktsang, MLaw

09.50 – 10.35
M.A. Angela Mueller, University of Zurich:
“Justifying Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations: A Perspective
of Legal Philosophy”
Comment by: Dr. des. Jack Williams

10.35 – 11.00
Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.45
Prof. Matthias Mahlmann, University of Zurich:
“The Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights and the Critique of
Comment by: Luca Mira Wolf-Bauwens, MPhil

11.50 – 12.35
Dr. Lea Raible, Maastricht University/University of Glasgow:
“Jurisdiction and Justification”
Comment by: Dr. Johan Rochel

12.45 – 14.30
Lunch (by invitation only)

14.40 – 15.25
Prof. Christian Neuhäuser, TU Dortmund University:
“Beyond the State-centred Conception of Human Rights”
Comment by: Angela Mueller, MA

15.30 – 16.15
M.A. Jack Richard Williams, University of Zurich:
“Respect Beyond Borders”
Comment by: Dr. Lea Raible

16.15 – 16.45
Coffee Break

16.45 – 17.30
Prof. Véronique Zanetti, University of Bielefeld:
“The jus Bellum and the Responsibility Toward Refugees of War”
Comment by: TBA

17.30 – 18.00
Concluding Discussion

Dinner in Restaurant Italia (by invitation only)

The conference will be held in English.

Attendance is free and open to the public.
In order to receive the papers in advance, register via e-mail to:

Conference Venue:
Aula RAA-G-001 (floor G), Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Matthias Mahlmann & M.A. Angela Mueller


Angela Mueller
Faculty of Law
University of Zurich
Treichlerstrasse 10
CH-8032 Zurich
Phone: +41 44 634 53 33