The University of Illinois Law Review symposium on “Foreign Life Valuation”

The symposium — published in 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. Slip Opinions – addresses the question how many—if any—scarce domestic resources should be allocated to the prevention of foreign harms?

The contributions discuss the article by Arden Rowell and Lesley Wexler, Valuing Foreign Lives, 48 Ga. L. Rev. 498 (2014). That article examined reasons that might lead policymakers to distinguish between foreign and domestic lives, and surveyed actual U.S. government policies concerning that question in diverse contexts such as environmental regulation and international armed conflict.


Lorand Bartels: The EU’s Human Rights Obligations in Relation to Policies with Extraterritorial Effects

In his Article, Lorand Bartels examines a rarely discussed but extremely important question: Whether states can by their domestic conduct that has extraterritorial effects be responsible for violating the human rights of persons outside their territorial jurisdiction. This article takes as its case study the EU’s external obligations under EU law. 

See also the Reply by Enzo Cannizzaro, and Bartels’s Rejoinder.

Evan J. Criddle: States have Standing to Impose Countermeasures for Human Rights Violations Abroad

In his forthcoming Article, Standing for Human Rights Abroad (100 Cornell Law Rev., forthcoming 2015), Evan J. Criddle argues that under some circumstances, international law authorizes states to impose countermeasures as fiduciary representatives, asserting the human rights of oppressed foreign peoples for the benefit of those peoples.