Canadian Foreign Policy

By Yves Engler, Canadian Dimension,  April 10, 2021

Is Canada breaking international law when it applies to unilateral coercive economic measures, commonly referred to as sanctions?

Most countries and international law experts believe sanctions are only legitimate when approved by the United Nations Security Council or the World Trade Organization. Economic sanctions outside the framework of the UN Charter are generally considered “unilateral” and unlawful.

According to a report by the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, “the imposition of unilateral and secondary sanctions on countries through application of national legislation is not-permissible under international law.”

This means that US sanctions on Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Syria and…