Between facts and principles: jurisdiction in international human rights law

Raible, L. (2022) Between facts and principles: jurisdiction in international human rights law. Jurisprudence, 13(1), pp. 52-72. (doi: 10.1080/20403313.2021.1990597)

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In international human rights law ‘jurisdiction’ is the centre of the debate on extraterritorial obligations. The purpose of the present paper is to a) analyse how facts and principles contribute to the explanation of jurisdiction in international human rights law and b) to show how this analysis could help sharpen the debate in this area by making the grounds of disagreement between different accounts explicit. It first describes international practice regarding jurisdiction and shows that it is committed to jurisdiction being a principle that responds to facts on the ground. Second, the paper describes two academic views on jurisdiction in detail. Next, it introduces the framework on facts and principles developed by Jerry Cohen. The idea is that facts only support principles if their relevance is explained by another principle that does not depend on facts. Finally, section 4 combines the framework with our insights into jurisdiction. If jurisdiction is best understood as a principle that responds to facts, this implies that jurisdiction cannot be explained by facts alone. It must instead reflect principles that are themselves not fact-dependent. Adhering to this framework allows for better explanation of jurisdiction and a clearer understanding of the different views on jurisdiction.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Raible, Dr Lea
Authors: Raible, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Jurisprudence
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):2040-3321
Published Online:03 November 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Author
First Published:First published in Jurisprudence 13(1): 52-72
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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