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The Moral and Legal Basis for Sanctions

Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 19, p. 19, 1995

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-64

12 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2010  

Date Written: October 19, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: International Relations, Herman’s Ladder, Sanctions in International Relations

JEL Classification: K33, K10, K30

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, The Moral and Legal Basis for Sanctions (October 19, 2010). Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 19, p. 19, 1995; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-64. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1694879

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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