The Use of Economic Sanctions: An Enforcement Tool to Fight Terrorism

  • Payal Bhatia and Soumya Swarup Mohanty
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  • Payal Bhatia

    Student at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, India

  • Soumya Swarup Mohanty

    Student at Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, India

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Military actions alone would not suffice the war against terrorism. One of the important parts of this effort would be Economic Sanctions not only on those who conduct these terrorist activities but also against those who support terror. In the late 20th and early 21st century, ‘Sanctions’ have played a very important part in combating terrorism. United Nations has also described the year of 1990 as “the sanction decade ” Winning the war against terrorism with the use of sanctions as a weapon however needs various policy tools such as financial stability in the country, prudent assessment of the power of the sanctioned state, relations with super-powers and different obstacles and risks. The author in this research article titled, “The use of Economic Sanctions- An enforcement tool to fight terrorism” have studied thoroughly as to how economic sanctions are an emerging way for combating terrorism. Not only this, the paper also deals with the nature of Economic Sanctions and its effects on the sanctioned state. The paper further studies about the rationale behind the usage of economic sanctions to fight against terrorism and the factors which determine whether Economic Sanctions should be imposed on a particular state or not. The paper ends with a detailed case study about “Financial war on Terrorism” started by United States of America after an unfortunate incidence of 2001 Terrorist attack took place. The author has dealt with the most important aspects of economic sanction and it is believed that the paper will be a contribution to National Security Law of the country.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 3, Issue 3, Page 725 - 732


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