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date: 19 April 2021

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This article examines the enforcement of human rights law through economic sanctions. It describes the development of the so-called targeted or smart sanctions and discusses controversies in the applications of these sanctions in the context of the principles of the ’protection of civilians’ and the ’responsibility to protect’ and the resort to targeted sanctions for counter-terrorism purposes. This article also suggests that the recent successes of sanctions in Libya, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia can be extended to other areas and argues that the positive results of imposing targeted sanctions as proactive for human rights are counterbalanced by the ongoing rights controversies with counter-terrorism listing in the 1267 regime.

Keywords: human rights law, economic sanctions, smart sanctions, protection of civilians, responsibility to protect, counter-terrorism, Libya, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia

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