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The Extraterritoriality of Law

History, Theory, Politics, 1st Edition

Edited by Daniel S. Margolies, Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal, Ntina Tzouvala


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Questions of legal extraterritoriality figure prominently in scholarship on legal pluralism, transnational legal studies, international investment law, international human rights law, state responsibility under international law, and a large number of other areas. Yet many accounts of extraterritoriality make little effort to grapple with its thorny conceptual history, shifting theoretical valence, and complex political roots and ramifications. 

This book brings together thirteen scholars of law, history, and politics in order to reconsider the history, theory, and contemporary relevance of legal extraterritoriality. Situating questions of extraterritoriality in a set of broader investigations into state-building, imperialist rivalry, capitalist expansion, and human rights protection, it tracks the multiple meanings and functions of a distinct and far-reaching mode of legal authority. The fundamental aim of the volume is to examine the different geographical contexts in which extraterritorial regimes have developed, the political and economic pressures in response to which such regimes have grown, the highly uneven distributions of extraterritorial privilege that have resulted from these processes, and the complex theoretical quandaries to which this type of privilege has given rise.

The book will be of considerable interest to scholars in law, history, political science, socio-legal studies, international relations, and legal geography.


"This important collection is indispensable reading for any serious scholar investigating the extraterritorial application of law. Its multidisciplinary roster of authors embodies a wide range of fresh theoretical and political perspectives that bear on both historical issues and contemporary policy."

-- Teemu Ruskola, Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Emory University

"This rich and wide-ranging collection of essays invites us to think in new and radical ways about the relations between territory, sovereignty, jurisdiction, and power in law and history."

-- Anne Orford, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Michael D. Kirby Chair of International Law, University of Melbourne

"This is a truly remarkable and wide-ranging collection that explores historical and contemporary extraterritorial legality. The chapters examine the complex nature of the relationship between territorial authority and extraterritorial applications of law, both analytically and theoretically. The analyses provide rich accounts of the projection of state sovereignty abroad, as a modality of state-building, imperialist rivalry, human rights promotion, and the global expansion of capitalism, and are of great interest to scholars of law, politics, and history."

-- A. Claire Cutler, Professor of Political Science, University of Victoria

Table of Contents


Daniel S. Margolies, Umut Özsu, Maïa Pal, Ntina Tzouvala

Part I

What Is Extraterritoriality?

1. Ways of Doing Extraterritoriality in Scholarship

John D. Haskell

2. In the Middle of Nowhere: The Futile Quest to Distinguish Territoriality from Extraterritoriality

Péter D. Szigeti

3. Moving Beyond the E-word in the Anthropocene

Sara L. Seck

Part II

Constituting and Contesting Extraterritoriality

4. Early Modern Extraterritoriality, Diplomacy, and the Transition to Capitalism

Maïa Pal

5. "Uneven Empires": Extraterritoriality and the Early Trading Companies

Kate Miles

6. Protégé Problems: Qing Officials, Extraterritoriality, and Global Integration in Nineteenth-Century China

Richard S. Horowitz

7. Drinking Water by the Sea: Real and Unreal Property in the Mixed Courts of Egypt

Mai Taha

8. "And the laws are rude, … crude and uncertain": Extraterritoriality and the Emergence of Territorialised Statehood in Siam

Ntina Tzouvala

9. Imperial Reorderings in US Zones and Regulatory Regimes, 1934–50

Daniel S. Margolies

Part III

Extraterritoriality in the Contemporary World-System

10. The Interplay between Extraterritoriality, Sovereignty, and the Foundations of International Law

Austen L. Parrish

11. Extraterritoriality as an Analytic Lens: Examining the Global Governance of Transnational Bribery and Corruption

Ellen Gutterman

12. From Extraterritorial Jurisdiction to Sovereignty: The Annexation of Palestine

Alice M. Panepinto

13. Extraterritoriality Reconsidered: Functional Boundaries as Repositories of Jurisdiction

Ezgi Yildiz

About the Editors

Daniel S. Margolies is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Wesleyan University, US.

Umut Özsu is Assistant Professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, Canada.

Maïa Pal is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Ntina Tzouvala is Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow in International Law at Melbourne Law School, Australia.

About the Series

Politics of Transnational Law

Politics of Transnational Law is edited by Tanja Aalberts and Wouter Werner (VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands).

This interdisciplinary series explores the changing dynamics between politics and law in a globalizing world. These dynamics illustrate the growing importance and vitality of cross disciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplinary divides, domains and categories. Focused on the ‘Politics of Transnational Law’, this series provides a platform for studies that critically reflect on the interplay between politics and law as international and transnational practices. It investigates the heterogeneous landscape of contemporary law-making, and the different kinds of politics this global ordering relates to. The series is unique in that it is jointly shared by the law and politics divisions within Routledge and will be actively promoted in both subjects areas.

Editorial Committee for the series:

Prof. dr Jeffrey Dunoff, Temple University Beasley School of Law, USA
Prof. dr Fleur Johns, University of New South Wales, Australia
Prof. dr Friedrich Kratochwil, Central European University, Hungary
Prof. dr Anna Leander, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Prof. dr Gregor Noll, Lund University, Sweden
Dr Sarah Nouwen, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Nikolas Rajkovic, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

This is a new series and we are keen to receive proposals for new books. To submit or discuss a proposal please contact: Siobhan Poole, Editor (Law) [email protected] or Emily Ross, Senior Editor (Politics) [email protected]  

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