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The UN Security Council and Domestic Actors

Distance in international law, 1st Edition

By Machiko Kanetake


238 pages

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This book analyses the exercise of authority by the UN Security Council and its subsidiary organs over individuals. The UN Security Council was created in 1945 as an outcome of World War II under the predominant assumption that it exercises its authority against states. Under this assumption, the UN Security Council and those individuals were ‘distanced’ by the presence of member states that intermediate between the Security Council’s international commands and those individuals that are subject to member states’ domestic law. However, in practice, the UN Security Council’s exercise of authority has incrementally removed the presence of state intermediaries and reduced the Security Council’s distance to individuals.

This book demonstrates that this phenomenon has increased the relevance of domestic law in developing the international normative frameworks governing the UN Security Council and its subsidiary organs in safeguarding the rights, obligations, and interests of those affected individuals. This book presents how the UN Security Council’s exercise of authority has been received at the domestic level, and what would be the international implications of the Security Council’s extensive encounter with the actors who primarily reside in a domestic legal order.

Table of Contents

List of cases

Security Council Resolutions

List of abbreviations


1 Introduction

2 The League of Nations and domestic actors

3 Conceptual distance

4 Distance in the Security Council’s Chapter VII measures

5 Reception in international law: a general framework

6 Reception in international law: specific Chapter VII measures

7 Reception in domestic law

8 International implications of the Security Council’s encounter with domestic actors

9 Conclusion

Annex I: National, EU and international cases regarding UN targeted sanctions

Annex II: The procedural development of the 1267 Sanctions Committee



About the Author

Machiko Kanetake is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security