Routledge Handbook ETOs

Extraterritorial obligations in the United Nations system: UN treaty bodies

The chapter focusses on the activity of five UN treaty bodies mandated to monitor the implementation of the core international human rights treaties – the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; the Human Rights Committee; the Committee on the Rights of the Child; the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women; and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – and the manner in which they have reformed international law relating to extraterritorial obligations (ETOs). In particular, it explores the treaty bodies’ interpretation and classification of ETOs; their approach to regulating and enforcing remedial ETOs and global obligations, including obligations of cooperation and assistance; their methods of assigning ETOs to states and non-state actors; and their role as accountability mechanisms capable of holding states responsible for breaching ETOs. The chapter outlines some directions for further development of the treaty bodies’ practices relating to ETOs.

by Elena Pribytkova, in The Routledge Handbook on Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations.

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