Coercive Diplomacy, Sanctions and International Law

This volume explores sanctions as instruments of coercive diplomacy, delving into theoretical arguments and combining perspectives from international law and international relations scholars and practitioners. Primary questions include the compatibility and legitimacy of sanctions regimes, enforcement measures, including the role of sanctions committees, the practice of circumventing sanctions, and the relation with the ICC proceedings. Legal and institutional aspects of the practice of the European Union are addressed. The extraterritorial effects of national legislation implementing sanctions imposed by individual States are investigated. A focus is on the impact of sanctions on non-State actors. The connections with the protection of human rights and the adverse impact on individual rights are considered. The implementation of sanctions is addressed in view of their legal limitation and the concept of proportionality, their consequences upon existing treaties and contracts, their effectiveness, and their strategic implications.

Result of a project conducted by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK).

Leiden, Brill Nijhoff, March 2016, xxxii, 316 p.
978-90-04-29988-7; 978-90-04-29989-4 (ebk); 10.1163/9789004299894
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Preface, p. vii-viii
Table of Cases, p. ix-xiv
Table of Treaties, Legislation and Other Documents, p. xvi-xxviii
List of Abbreviations, p. xxix-xxx
List of Contributors, p. xxxi-xxxii

1. Sanctions as Instruments of Coercive Diplomacy: an International Law Perspective, Natalino Ronzitti, p. 1-32
2. Compatibility and Legitimacy of Sanctions Regimes, Michael Bothe, p. 33-42
3. Confronting the Implementation and Enforcement Challenges Involved in Imposing Economic Sanctions, Bryan R. Early, p. 43-69
4. Sanctions Imposed by the European Union: Legal and Institutional Aspects, Marco Gestri, p. 70-102
5. Practice Makes Perfect, Eventually? Unilateral State Sanctions and the Extraterritorial Effects of National Legislation, Charlotte Beaucillon, p. 103-126
6. Sanctions Against Non-State Actors, Nigel D. White, p. 127-160
7. Sanctions and the Protection of Human Rights: The Role of Sanctions Committees, Thilo Marauhn and Ignaz Stegmiller, p. 161-170
8. Sanctions and Individual Rights, Monica Lugato, p. 171-189
9. International Legal Limits on the Ability of States to Lawfully Impose International Economic/Financial Sanctions, Daniel H. Joyner, p. 190-206
10. An Overview of International Sanctions’ Impact on Treaties and Contract, Andrea Atteritano and Maria Beatrice Deli, p. 207-227
11. UN Sanctions Targeting Individuals and ICC Proceedings: How to Achieve a Mutually Reinforcing Interaction, Marina Mancini, p. 228-245
12. From Effective to Useful Sanctions: Lessons Learned from the Experience of the European Union, Francesco Giumelli, p. 246-269
13. Western Economic and Political Sanctions as Instruments of Strategic Competition with Russia – Opportunities and Risks, Joachim Krause, p. 270-286

Conclusion, Natalino Ronzitti, p. 287-293
Bibliography, p. 295-306
Index, p. 307-315

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