Part 1 The Cold War Era (1945–89), 9 The Cuban Missile Crisis—1962
Edited By: Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten, Alexandra Hofer
- Economic sanctions — Precedent — International law and international relations — UN Charter
This chapter begins with examining the context in which the US government decided to impose the quarantine against Cuba in 1962, in response to the Soviet nuclear missile placement in Cuba. The legality of the US measures is examined against the Charter of the United Nations, the OAS regional security framework, and general international law including the regime of belligerent rights. The final section addresses the precedential value of this incident, especially the ways in which legal advisers addressed the complex legal issues surrounding the Cuban missile crisis.