United Nations Sanctions: Effectiveness and Effects, Especially in the Field of Human Rights : a Multi-disciplinary Approach

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Intersentia, 1999 - Law - 161 pages
Sanctions are generally considered to be a 'blunt instrument', involving a series of negative side effects in the field of human rights. In this volume, resulting from a conference at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, the problem is being discussed from the perspective of various disciplines: economics, political science, sociology, international law, development studies and ethics. The book's final chapter presents some guidelines on the future use of sanctions. It relates to such issues as the specificity of the objectives of sanctions; the proportionality between objectives and instruments chosen; the possibility to influence the positions of the rulers; the linkage between external and internal pressure; the means to minimize humanitarian damage; the duration of the sanctions; and, finally, the question as to what extent multilateral sanctions are more legitimate than unilateral ones.

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Violations of the UN Charter and international law

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About the author (1999)

Willem van Genugten is Professor of International Law at Tilburg University, and Extraordinary Professor of International Law at the North-West University, South Africa. In addition, he is Chair of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law, Chair of the Dutch Knowledge Platform Security and the Rule of Law, and Chair of the Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the International Law Association. He published extensively on issues in the domain of 'economic actors and human rights'. He received several awards, amongst them a honorary doctorate (North-West University, South Africa, 2012).

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