United Nations Counter-Proliferation Sanctions and International Law

Research Handbook on U.N. Sanctions and International Law, Larissa van den Herik, ed. (Edward Elgar Publishing, Forthcoming)

U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2752623

20 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2016

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Daniel Joyner

University of Alabama - School of Law

Date Written: March 10, 2016

Abstract

This chapter addresses the subject of the legal limitations that international law places on the imposition of coercive international economic and financial sanctions, with particular reference to sanctions with counter-proliferation aims — i.e., purposed in stopping the actual or suspected proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Economic sanctions, whether imposed multilaterally by the U.N. Security Council or unilaterally by states, have become an increasingly utilized tool of coercive policy, particularly by powerful states and international organizations against weaker, developing states. This makes the identification and clarification of existing and emerging rules of international law imposing limits upon the ability of states and international organizations to lawfully impose coercive economic sanctions, an important part of the development of a more mature and equitable international legal system. This chapter will focus on two main areas of customary international legal obligation, the sources of which impose limits on the application of coercive international economic sanctions by states and international organizations, including the U.N. Security Council. The first is the general international law principle of economic non-coercion, and the second is international human rights law.

Keywords: sanctions, U.N. security council, counter-proliferation

Suggested Citation

Joyner, Daniel, United Nations Counter-Proliferation Sanctions and International Law (March 10, 2016). Research Handbook on U.N. Sanctions and International Law, Larissa van den Herik, ed. (Edward Elgar Publishing, Forthcoming); U of Alabama Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2752623. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2752623

Daniel Joyner (Contact Author)

University of Alabama - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

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