The Moral and Legal Basis for Sanctions
Northwestern University - School of Law
October 19, 2010
Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 19, p. 19, 1995
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-64
In order to analyze the moral and legal basis for sanctions in international relations, we have to begin at a stage where there is no centralized government in place. We first need to get a picture of the range of possible sanctions. Next, we need to see what role sanctions play in the international system. Finally, we turn to the intertwined moral and legal considerations that make well-designed sanctions efficacious in today’s world. The fundamental objective of sanctions in interstate relations is to make it expensive for a target state to refrain from doing what the sanctioning state wants it to do.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: International Relations, Herman’s Ladder, Sanctions in International Relations
JEL Classification: K33, K10, K30
Date posted: October 22, 2010
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