Extraterritorial Obligations

Ecuador 2010 - Mining Protest
While states' obligations under human rights are often seen as being related primarily to persons in their respective territories, in times of globalization, the access of people to food and resources is increasingly influenced by acts or omissions of foreign states, intergovernmental organizations, or by transnational corporations outside their territories.  Extraterritorial obligations (ETOs) have therefore gained importance in the fields of development assistance, trade and investment, and the regulation of transnational corporations.

FIAN is a member of the ETO Consortium - a network of some 80 civil society organizations and academics worldwide (www.etoconsortium.org).  Its purpose is to address the current shortcomings of the interpretation of human rights within a globalized context by mainstreaming states' extraterritorial obligations.  FIAN acts as the secretariat to the ETO Consortium. Consortium members campaign with states, and at the UN level for the application of ETOs in policy fields such as:


Financial Regulation, Corruption, Trade, Investment, IPR, Regulation of TNCs, Extractive Industries, Land grabbing, Climate change and Eco-destruction, Development, Accountability of Intergovernmental organizations

Latest News

Report | 23-02-2015
Agrarian ReformExtraterritorial ObligationsLand GrabbingNatural Resources

Haki Zetu: Land and Human Rights

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News | 23-02-2015
Land GrabbingPeasants' RightsWaterAgrarian Reform

Dealing in Africa with land issues in a human rights perspective

A new Haki Zetu booklet, co-published by FIAN and Amnesty International, on "Land and Human Rights" provides information and guidance on how to defend land rights, monitor land policies and violations, advocate, campaign and seek redress for land-related violations.    Read more

Brochure | 13-02-2015
Extraterritorial Obligations

Revised version: Twelve reasons to strengthen extraterritorial human rights

A second edition of this brochure further addresses some of the reasons needed for the understanding of States' obligations and a renewed commitment to human rights    Read more

Brochure | 09-01-2015
Extraterritorial ObligationsTrade

ETOs in the Context of International Financial Institutions

The ETO Consortium releases a new publication series authored by members of the Consortium’s thematic focal groups.    Read more

Brochure | 09-01-2015
Extraterritorial ObligationsClimate Change

ETOs in the Context of Eco-destruction and Climate Change

The ETO Consortium releases a new publication series authored by members of the Consortium’s thematic focal groups.    Read more

News | 09-01-2015
Extraterritorial ObligationsClimate ChangeTradeMonitoring and Accountability

New resources illustrate and guide on how to apply ETOs to specific areas

The ETO Consortium releases a new publication series aiming to illustrate and provide guidance to practitioners on how to apply ETOs and the Maastricht Principles to specific thematic areas.    Read more

News | 19-12-2014
Global GovernanceExtraterritorial ObligationsMonitoring and AccountabilityTrade

World Bank to recognize central importance of human rights in its environmental and social policies

FIAN International welcomes the recent statement by 28 UN human rights experts on the retrogressive measures promoted inside the World Bank in the context of its safeguards review.    Read more

Open Letter | 10-12-2014
NepalIncome and Social SecurityMonitoring and AccountabilityExtraterritorial Obligations

Inalienable right to adequate food and nutrition of 3,000 families in Nepal needs protection

On Human Rights Day 2014, FIAN International launches urgent action letter campaign    Read more

Statement | 18-11-2014
Peasants' RightsExtraterritorial Obligations

Work continues for a Declaration on Peasants' Rights

On November 12, 2014 was held at the United Nations a consultation meeting to the second session of the Intergovernmental Working Group for a Declaration of Peasants' Rights and other people working in Rural Areas    Read more

News | 17-11-2014
NepalExtraterritorial Obligations

Right to adequate food is reaffirmed as a critical issue in Nepal

A new report submitted to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) asks the State of Nepal to incorporate the right to adequate food and nutrition from a human rights perspective into the new constitution and to ensure its implementation.    Read more