Economic Sanctions and International Law: An Introduction
Matthew Happold and Paul Eden (eds), 'Economic Sanctions and International Law', Hart Publishing, 2016
15 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 12, 2016
In recent years sanctions have become an increasingly popular tool of foreign policy, not only at the multilateral level (at the UN), but also regionally (the EU in particular) and unilaterally. The nature of the measures imposed has also changed: from comprehensive sanctions regimes (discredited since Iraq in the 1990s) to 'targeted' or 'smart' sanctions, directed at specific individuals or entities (through asset freezes and travel bans) or prohibiting particular activities (arms embargoes and export bans). Bringing together scholars, government and private practitioners, 'Economic Sanctions and International Law' provides an overview of recent developments and an analysis of the problems that they have engendered. Chapters examine the contemporary practice of the various actors, and the legality (or otherwise) of their activities. Issues considered include the human rights of persons targeted, and the mechanisms established to challenge their listing; as well as, in cases of sanctions imposed by regional organisations and individual states, the rights of third States and their nationals. The introductory essay, by co-editor Matthew Happold, provides a legal taxonomy of sanctions measures, providing a general context for the more in-depth contributions of the individual authors.
Keywords: Economic sanctions, United Nations, European Union, international organisations, countermeasures, human rights
JEL Classification: K33
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