Economic Sanctions in International Law / Les sanctions économiques en droit international


It is a real challenge to deal with the subject of economic sanctions, a topic where law meets politics, while touching upon almost all areas of the law: public international law, private international law, even private law and public law, not to mention the "internal" law of certain international organizations particularly active in the field, especially the EC/EU.
Sometimes considered as a "punitive" and "brutal" instrument, economic sanctions - even when adopted by a universal institution - have often proven to be ineffective. While the issue of the effectiveness of sanctions, as such, goes indeed beyond legal considerations, it would be fallacious to think that lawyers should confine themselves to an abstract analysis of the phenomenon or that legal tools would have practically no effect on the shape of the measures to be taken. On the contrary, law is at the core of the very concept of sanctions, and it is through legal tools that sanctions may be tailored to the ends to be pursued, reinforcing, by so doing, the effectiveness of the international legal system.
In light of the current developments under way - which concern both institutional sanctions and decentralized countermeasures, as well as the often inextricable intertwining between these two levels - the judicious choice made by the Curatorium of the Academy was propitious for taking a fresh look at the issue of unity and diversity of sanctions under international law.

Originally published as Colloques / Workshops – Law Books of the Academy, Volume 23.

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Co-publication with the Hague Academy of International Law.
Foreword L. Picchio Forlati -L.-A. Sicilianos; Introduction;
Chapter 1: Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos(Grèce), Directeur d' études de la section de langue française du Centre. Professeur agrégé à l'Université d' Athènes. Membre du Comité des Nations Unies pour l'élimination de la discrimination raciale;
Chapter 2: Laura Picchio Forlati (Italy), Director of Studies of the English-speaking Section of the Centre. Professor of International Law at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice (since 2001, at the University of Padua); Part I;
Chapter 3: Djacoba Uva Tehindrazanarivelo (Madagascar), Docteur en droit international. Chargé d'enseignement invité à l' Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales, Genève. Collaborateur d'enseignement et de recherche à la faculté de droit de l'Université de Neuchàtel;
Chapter 4: Tarcisio Gazzini (Italy), Lecturer in International Law, Department of International Studies, University of Padua;
Chapter 5: Jarna Petman (Finland), Research Fellow, the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki;
Chapter 6: Robert Kolb (Suisse), Professeur de droit international aux Universités de Neuchâtel et de Berne. Chargé de cours au Centre universitaire de droit international humanitaire (Genève);
Chapter 7: Mariano Garcia-Rubio(Argentina), Former Teaching Assistant, Graduate Institute International Studies, Geneva. Legal advisor, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Washington;
Chapter 8: Mortimer N. S. Sellers (United States), Regent Professor of the University System of Maryland. Director of the University of Baltimore Center of International and Comparative Law; Part II;
Chapter 9: M. Shervin Majlessi (Iran), Bachelor of Law and Master of International Law (Tehran University). LL.M. (McGill University); LL.M. (Harvard Law School); Doctor of Civil Law Candidate (McGill University);
Chapter 10: Alexandros Kolliopoulos (Grèce), Rapporteur au département juridique du ministère des Affaires étrangères de Grèce. Docteur en droit;
Chapter 11: Despina Sinou (Grèce), ATER de droit public à l'Université de Parig VII (Vincennes-Saint-Denis). Doctorante en droit international à l'Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). Avocate au barre au d' Athènes;
Chapter 12: Jean Matringe (France), Professeur à l'Université du Maine;
Chapter 13: Abdoullah Cissé (Sénégal), Professeur agrégé, titulaire de la chaire de droit privé à l'Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis. Président du conseil scientifique de cette même université. Membre du conseil d'administration de l' Association internationale de droit économique;
Chapter 14: Bernardo Cortese (Italy), Ph.D. International Law, University of Florence. Référendaire,Court of Justice of the European Communities, Luxembourg.Research Fellow, University of Padua.
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