oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - United States economic pressure against South Africa: constitutional implications

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The economic stranglehold in which the United States of America has placed South Africa is the most severe and far-reaching punitive measure imposed on South Africa by any major world power in recent times. It has profound effects on both societies, and raises a host of interrelated moral, political and legal questions. The aim with this article is to investigate the extent to which the exertion of economic pressure against South Africa by the United States government, on both federal and non-federal level, is compatible with the demands of the United States Constitution. In this context some observations on the influence of policy on law are made.

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