The Right to Be Free from Economic Coercion
Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, Vol. 4, pp. 616-633, 2015
18 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2015 Last revised: 25 Feb 2017
Date Written: July 18, 2015
This paper seeks to determine if there is a fundamental right of States to be free from economic coercion, against the background of international law permitting economic coercion as a means for its own implementation. After defining coercion and other cognate terms, it surveys the limits to (economic) countermeasures and (economic) sanctions, and determines that any 'sphere of economic freedom' of States is essentially a relative concept, without an irreducible core. Public International Law does not currently establish a fundamental right to be free from economic coercion -- though one should probably be established.
Keywords: countermeasures, sanctions, economic freedom, sovereignty, United Nations
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