Legal, economic, and political perspectives on sanctions against Russia: an intermediate assessment

Larissa J. van den Herik*, Peter van Bergeijk

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We discuss the sanctions against Russia from three perspectives: legal, economic, and political. The sanctions fit into a trend towards recomprehensivation and the use of autonomous rather than multilateral sanctions. We highlight (a) sanction innovation and lasting changes in the EU sanctions domain, (b) the determinants and economic dynamics of sanctions that are important for an intermediate evaluation of this case, and (c) the uncertainty of the ultimate political outcome of large-scale economic sanctions. The case suggests that autonomous sanctions are and will remain a central response to serious violations of international law.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

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SeriesISS working papers. General series

Bibliographical note

This paper is based on our contributions to the 2022 spring meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law “Sanctions as the go-to tool: Do they work and what role for international law?”, The Hague, May 24, 2022 and incorporates presentations by Van Bergeijk at Kåkånomics, University of Stavanger, October 26, 2022 and The Modern World and Economic Diplomacy: Challenges, Solutions And Recovery of Ukraine, Diplomatic academy of Ukraine, April 4 2023.


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