Introduction to the Symposium on Unilateral Targeted Sanctions
113 AJIL Unbound April 2019
5 Pages Posted: 30 May 2019
Date Written: April 30, 2019
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
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