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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Governmental Activities on Foreign Territory

Alexander Orakhelashvili

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 September 2022

Self-defence — Aggression — Belligerence — Occupation — Sovereignty — Customary international law — Jurisdiction of states, extra-territorial

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 If the notion of governmental activities on foreign territory is taken literally, it could encompass anything that involves the action of one State on the territory of another: from aggressive war to armed action in self-defence; from the occupation of territory to inter-country abduction (Abduction, Transboundary); from causing transboundary environmental harm to emergency landing of an aircraft on foreign soil. Historically, the legality of extraterritorial action of one State in the territory of another has been dealt with in various contexts, such as...
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