Not available in 2013/14
LL4K2      Half Unit
Law of International Economic and Financial Sanctions

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Jonathan Fisher and Dr Rachel Barnes


This course is available on the MSc in Accounting and Finance, MSc in Accounting, Organisations and Institutions, MSc in Criminal Justice Policy, MSc in Regulation, MSc in Regulation (Research), Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Some prior knowledge of public international law is useful but not essential.

Course content

To examine the development and practice of States' use of economic and financial sanctions against other States and non-State entities from a legal perspective. The course will consider both unilateral measures by individual States and multilateral programmes most notably those established by the UN Security Council and the European Union; the various modes of implementation and enforcement of these programmes on trans-national levels and within domestic legal systems; issues arising in public international law and for fundamental human rights; and the effects on third parties, both in terms of the regulatory costs for businesses and charities and the humanitarian issues for civilian populations and persons connected with targeted entities.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of seminars in the ST.

Students are expected to contribute to class discussions and to give at least one seminar presentation during the term.

Formative coursework

One 2,500 word essay.

Indicative reading

Most source materials are available in the LSE electronic library and access will be facilitated through Moodle. Additional resources are available on the internet.There is no core set text, although it is recommended that students obtain a copy of Alexander K, Economic Sanctions: Reassessing Public Policy (Palgrave MacMillian, 2007) ISBN 978-0230525559. Other texts from which readings will be taken include Hufbauer, Schott, Elliot & Oegg, Economic Sanctions Reconsidered (Peterson Institute, 2008) ISBN 978-0-88132-407-5; Portela C., European Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2010) ISBN 978-0-415-55216-5; and Farrall J. United Nations Sanctions and the Rule of Law (CUP 2009) ISBN-13: 9780521141987.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: 17

Average class size 2012/13: 18

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills