Developing a Standard for Politically Related State Economic Action

This Note will give an analysis of the scholarship that has appeared in this field, as well as the actual practice of States, to determine if any fixed rules have been established in this area, and if so, what they are. It will do so by looking at the debates that have taken place concerning the application of the language and underlying principles of the U.N. Charter in order to see if these norms of State action prohibit economic diplomacy. The Note will then look to the actual practice of States to determine whether it provides adequate evidence of opinion juris to find regulation of the challenged conduct as a principle of general customary international law. Finally, the Note will seek to compare the rules that actually have been solidified in international law with those that ideally fit within the larger policy schema of the post-Charter international system in order to find how there may be improvement in the future law of this area.