The Glothro international research project

Human rights violations occur daily, all over the world. States bear the primary responsibility to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. But what happens when states are not able to live up to their primary human rights obligations? Do other states have extraterritorial obligations to help them protect human rights? What are the responsibilities of other actors (such as companies and international organisations) in the international community?

 

Human rights violations occur daily, all over the world. States bear the primary responsibility to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. But what happens when states are not able to live up to their primary human rights obligations? Do other states have extraterritorial obligations to help them protect human rights? What are the responsibilities of other actors (such as companies and international organisations) in the international community?

To answer these questions, the School of Government and European Studies is participating in an international research project entitled Glothro (Globalisation and Transnational Human Rights Obligations; 2010–2014). In the Glothro project, European researchers are studying whether states and corporations have extraterritorial obligations in relation to respecting human rights. Slovenia's contribution to the project is financially supported by the Slovenian Research Agency.
States are increasingly losing power at the global level to corporations and international organisations. In practice, human rights law faces a serious risk of marginalisation if it fails to adapt to this changing reality. The decentralisation of the territorial state necessitates a fundamental re-thinking of a basic tenet of human rights law, i.e. that states bear exclusive obligations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights within their territories.
The school and the Republic of Slovenia are represented on the steering committee of the Glothro project by Assist. Prof. Jernej Letnar Černič, PhD, an associate dean at the School of