Research Handbook on UN Sanctions and International Law
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Research Handbook on UN Sanctions and International Law

Edited by Larissa van den Herik

The 1990s have been labeled the ‘Sanctions Decade’, since they witnessed an unprecedented intensification of the use of collective non-military enforcement measures, and in particular sanctions, by the post-Cold War reactivated Security Council. This Research Handbook studies the current practice of UN sanctions in international law, their interrelationship with other regimes and substantive areas of law, as well as issues arising from their implementation and application at the domestic level.
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Chapter 6: UN sanctions as human rights and humanitarian law devices

Matthew Happold


In recent years, the Security Council has increasingly utilized UN sanctions to induce compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law. This chapter critically appraises this practice, also looking behind the relevant resolutions to assess their actual implementation. The chapter has a specific focus on the protection of children. It argues that the use of sanctions as human rights devices should not be looked at in isolation and that the Security Council’s engagement with thematic issues should be viewed from a wider, comprehensive perspective. Keywords Security Council and human rights, Security Council and international humanitarian law, Security Council and children

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