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 8: The design of UN sanctions through the interplay with informal arrangements

Alejandro Rodiles


The design and evolution of UN sanctions is increasingly shaped by the interaction between UN sanctions committees and informal arrangements. Such interplays contribute to the formalization of UN sanctions by strengthening their implementation through re-design, as well by adding layers to the monitoring of compliance. Paradoxically however, this instance of formalization seems to be the product of a deformalization process of UN law, which raises questions in regard to legitimacy in international law-making. In addition, some of the landmark achievements in the field over the past years, especially in regard to fair and clear procedures, may be threatened by these interactions and the managerial approach which drives them. Keywords informal arrangements, inter-institutional relations, regime complexity, deformalization of UN law, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation

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