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International Law and Human Rights (Fall 2016)

Case Study: The (Extraterritorial?) Right to Privacy

As with the right to life, the right to privacy provides us with another example of a specific right, whose content, scope, and application have to be determined. The details do not matter, so much as what contemporary debates about the right to privacy -- and especially its so-called extraterritorial application -- suggest about the value and limits of legal protection based on rights. In reading the materials, think not just about what content and limits the right to privacy has according to different sources, but also what political or other processes the invocation of a right unleashes.

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