For Human Rights Beyond Borders

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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Europe – where do you stand?

Human rights violations by transnational business rooted in Europe; austerity measures applied by some European States (via the EU Troika) to others to safeguard the profits of big banks; the imposition of trade and investment regimes on people and peoples (European and others); lacking human rights accountability in “development” cooperation. These are some of the burning human rights issues that do not resonate well with European countries’ human rights obligations - in particular their extraterritorial ones.

Around 50 European members of the ETO Consortium will meet in Brussels, from February 23 to 24, to address these issues and explore ways to make Europe safe for the world (and for itself) with the help of ETOs. The regional meeting will look at key political processes as well as developments in the positions held by European governments and the EU with regard to ETOs. The meeting will also consider experiences with litigation on ETO-related cases. What would a human rights-compliant trade and investment regime look like and how do we get there? How can ETOs be advanced in European state practices? What are the concerns expressed in previous ETO regional conferences - in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East? The conference will provide ample material for academic research and a lot of inspiration for civil society organisations applying ETOs in their daily work.

For more information please get in touch with Ute Hausmann or Fons Coomans.