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Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2016

The Changing Nature of Territoriality in International Law

  • Martin Kuijer
  • Wouter Werner

Part of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law book series (NYIL, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Changing Nature of Territoriality in International Law

  3. Dutch Practice in International Law

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 395-424

About this book


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.


Territory Territoriality Jurisdiction Sovereignty Functionalism Cosmopolitanism Technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Kuijer
    • 1
  • Wouter Werner
    • 2
  1. 1.Ministry of Security and Justice of the NetherlandsThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of LawVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2016
  • Book Subtitle The Changing Nature of Territoriality in International Law
  • Editors Martin Kuijer
    Wouter Werner
  • Series Title Netherlands Yearbook of International Law
  • Series Abbreviated Title Netherlands Yearbook Intern.Law
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the authors 2017
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-6265-206-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6265-207-1
  • Series ISSN 0167-6768
  • Series E-ISSN 1574-0951
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 424
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public International Law
    Constitutional Law
    European Law
    Financial Law/Fiscal Law
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