Introduction to the Symposium on Unilateral Targeted Sanctions

113 AJIL Unbound April 2019

5 Pages Posted: 30 May 2019

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Anne van Aaken

University of Hamburg, Law School; Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Date Written: April 30, 2019

Abstract

This is the introduction to an AJIL Unbound symposium concentrating on targeted sanctions adopted by states without multilateral institutional approval. Such measures are legally and politcally controversial. The sanctioning dilemma in international law is here to stay. Does that imply that the rising unilateralism of targeted sanctions is to be welcomed? It may well provoke a backlash, especially if sanctions are not viewed as legal and legitimate by the community of states but as self-serving and geoeconomically motivated. This risks putting the international community between Scylla — limiting the sanctioning of international law violations by disempowering states with sufficient power to sanction — and Charybdis — accepting potentially self-serving unilateralism, the extraterritoriality of sanctions, and human rights violations without due access to justice. The contributions to the Symposium discuss those topics.

Keywords: Unilateral Targeted Sanctions, International Law

Suggested Citation

van Aaken, Anne, Introduction to the Symposium on Unilateral Targeted Sanctions (April 30, 2019). 113 AJIL Unbound April 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3380213

Anne Van Aaken (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg, Law School ( email )

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Hamburg, 20148
Germany

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

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