This article seeks to make sense of two seemingly contradictory aspects of the General Assembly's practice: its history of recommending to States that they impose unilateral sanctions; and its series of resolutions denouncing unilateral coercive measures as illegal. It examines the seeming discrepancy between the customary international law position regarding unilateral sanctions, and the position asserted by the Assembly, and argues that on a nuanced reading of the Assembly's resolutions, these positions are not so divergent as is often supposed. The article concludes by examining the scope for the Assembly to make future sanctions recommendations, consistently with its prior condemnation of unilateral coercive measures.
Barber, R. (2021). AN EXPLORATION of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S TROUBLED RELATIONSHIP with UNILATERAL SANCTIONS. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 70(2), 343–378. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020589321000026
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