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Human Rights have been locked up behind domestic bars to prevent their universal application to globalization and its much needed regulation. Extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) unlock human rights.

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The recently appointed Spanish Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, announced this week her government's intention to re-establish legislation in force between 1985 and 2009 which provided for universal jurisdiction for certain international crimes. Since then, this legislation has been restricted during successive governments meaning that today Spanish courts only have jurisdiction for cases of crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide if these are directed against a Spanish citizen or...

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The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has recently made recommendations to both Spain and New Zealand pertaining to their ETOs. 

The Committee expressed concern that Spanish legislation does not define the legal responsibility which corporations domiciled under their jurisdiction may have for human rights abuses they commit abroad. The Committee therefore recommends Spain to strengthen its normative framework as to ensure the legal responsibility of corporations for...

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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has reaffirmed in its Advisory Opinion OC-23/17 the extraterritorial obligation of States to protect and guarantee the human right to a healthy environment (Article 11 Protocol of San Salvador).

The advisory opinion is an answer to a request from Colombia which wanted the Court to elaborate on States' human rights obligations in relation to the environment, in the context of a dispute with Nicaragua concerning an oil drilling project in the Caribbean.  ...

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