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Politics of International Sanctions (intensive)


Credits: 3 ECTS

First semester

Elective Courses




This course provides an introduction to key debates and practices of international sanctions policies. It consists of an introduction to the concept of sanctions, their operation and their role in international politics, as well as to the scholarly approaches to the evaluation of their impact and effectiveness. The empirical focus is on multilateral sanctions, analysing both UN and EU policies regarding the use of this tool. The course discusses two controversies in sanctions scholarship: collective versus unilateral sanctions, and comprehensive versus targeted sanctions. These controversies are key to the contemporary scholarly debate: most sanctions regimes today are multilateral and targeted, as opposed to unilateral and comprehensive.


Sessions alternate lectures, case-driven discussions of readings and group exercises. Students are expected to do the required readings prior to the class and to participate actively in class discussions and exercises. The language of instruction is English. Assessment is as follows:

  • Oral participation: 20%
  • Research Essay (2,000 words): 50%
  • Final Test (1 hour): 30%