Conference: Human Rights Beyond Territory and State

Conference: Human Rights Beyond Territory and State (27 – 29 May 2024), Brussels (BE)

This interdisciplinary conference examines cutting-edge issues regarding the human rights responsibilities of states and other actors (such as corporations, financial institutions, international organisations and other non-state actors) – beyond or independent of states’ territorial boundaries – in the areas of climate change, migration, and natural resource extraction. This conference is organised by a network of expert researchers who have been exploring for many years questions such as “What kind of relationship creates a human rights duty?” Who can have a human rights duty?” and “How are human rights responsibilities divided between actors?”.

This is the closing conference of the scientific research network “Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations in Practice” (, aiming on the one hand to share and critically examine the latest answers to these questions, and on the other, to identify the current most relevant conceptual and legal needs on the ground and in practice, in holding states (and others) accountable across borders.    

What to Expect:

Our goal is to bring together a diverse group of participants from academia, civil society and advocacy groups to map the current state-of-the-art but primarily to identify key issues on which we need to work to pave the way forward for human rights accountability beyond territorial boundaries and state-centrism. We envisage a mixed conference, with opening and closing sessions that target a broader and non-specialist audience (also web-streamed), and a closed nuclear conference in between with experts from different backgrounds.

More information is available on the official web-page of the Conference: 

Register for the conference:

We kindly invite individuals from various backgrounds and types of expertise — academia, legal practice, public policy, civil society, advocacy— to join us. Whether you specialise in these areas or have other direct experiences, your perspective is invaluable.

Join us in taking stock and identifying the new steps for Human Rights beyond borders of territory and state.

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In-person registration is due by the 15th of May, 2024.

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