Frontcover NYIL 2016

Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2016, Volume 47 - The Changing Nature of Territoriality in International Law
Series: Netherlands Yearbook of International Law

December 2017 Editor: Prof Martin Kuijer, Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice
Editor: Prof Wouter Werner, VU University Amsterdam



  • Published: December 2017
  • Pages: x + 397 pp.
  • Publisher: T.M.C. ASSER PRESS
  • Distributor: Springer

International law holds a paradoxical position with territory. Most rules of international law are traditionally based on the notion of State territory, and territoriality still significantly shapes our contemporary legal system. At the same time, new developments have challenged territory as the main organising principle in international relations.

Three trends in particular have affected the role of territoriality in international law: the move towards functional regimes, the rise of cosmopolitan projects claiming to transgress state boundaries, and the development of technologies resulting in the need to address intangible, non-territorial, phenomena. Yet, notwithstanding some profound changes, it remains impossible to think of international law without a territorial locus.If international law is undergoing changes, this implies a reconfiguration of territory, but not a move beyond it.

The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law was first published in 1970. It offers a forum for the publication of scholarly articles of a conceptual nature in a varying thematic area of public international law.

Specific to this volume of the Yearbook:

  • Unique in-depth analysis of different aspects of the evolving relationship between territory and international law
  • Discusses how the development of technologies resulting in intangible phenomena affects our understanding of territory
  • Discusses the notion of territoriality within specific sub-fields of international law (e.g., international economic law, human rights law, refugee law, law of international military operations)
  • Includes contributions analyzing Dutch practice in international law and geared towards an international (non-Dutch speaking) audience

Click here for general information about the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (ISSN: 0167-6768, EISSN: 1574-0951).

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