Weapons Against the Weak

Aslı Ü. Bâli Sanctions are best understood as an instrument in the postcolonial arsenal of economic statecraft. This tool, the epitome of an international legal order that legitimates economic coercion, is disproportionately available to...

Discussant Comments

E. Tendayi Achiume I am grateful to YJIL and LPE for creating a platform for this discussion, which encourages reflection on a topic that is urgent but often treated as marginal. The existing body...

The Antinomies of “Peaceful” Economic Sanctions

Eva Nanopoulos International law generally views sanctions as coercive but ultimately peaceful instruments of international politics. Indeed, despite attempts by the Global South to outlaw economic coercion during the drafting of the UN Charter,...

Sanctions’ New Colonizers

Maryam Jamshidi Since the end of World War II, financial imperialism—which focuses on economically coercing and controlling state and non-state actors—has been the dominant brand of imperialism. And the United States has been its...

The Opacity of Economic Coercion

Jessica Whyte In February 2020, Venezuela submitted a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) alleging that the economic sanctions imposed on it by the United States constituted a crime against humanity. Although Venezuela...