Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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Most of the discussion about the Arab economic boycott of Israel has focused on its effect upon United States law. Even when the discussion centers on moral and ethical considerations, the focus remains on the United States. This limited perspective, however, merely reflects the vast global economic interests of the United States. Nonetheless, the extensive analysis of American law and practices has tended to obscure the importance of applicable international norms. This article examines the effects and implications of the Arab boycott upon existing and evolving norms of contemporary international law. To properly analyze the international legal norms, the operative scope of the boycott must be clearly identified. Much of the passion engendered by this issue has stemmed from basic misunderstandings of the boycott's actual application.