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A proclamation or order of government, usually issued in time of war or threatened hostilities, prohibiting the departure of ships or goods from some or all ports until further order. Government order prohibiting commercial trade with individuals or businesses of other specified nations. Legal prohibition on commerce.

The temporary or permanent Sequestration of the property of individuals for the purposes of a government, e.g., to obtain vessels for the transport of troops, the owners being reimbursed for this forced service.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

EMBARGO, maritime law. A proclamation, or order of state, usually issued in time of war, or threatened hostilities, prohibiting the departure of ships or goods from some, or all the ports of such state, until further order. 2 Wheat. 148.
     2. The detention of ships by an embargo is such an injury to the owner as to entitle him to recover on a policy of insurance against "arrests or detainments." And whether the embargo be legally or illegally laid, the injury to the owner is the same; and the insurer is equally liable for the loss occasioned by it. Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 12, s. 5; 1 Kent, Com. 60 1 Bell's Com. 517, 5th ed.
     3. An embargo detaining a vessel at the port of departure, or in the course of the voyage, does not, of itself, work a dissolution of a charter party, or the contract with the seamen. It is only a temporary restraint imposed by authority for legitimate political purposes, which suspends, for a time, the performance of such contracts, and leaves the rights of parties untouched, 1 Bell's Com. 517; 8 T. R. 259; 5 Johns. R. 308; 7 Mass. R. 325, 3 B. & P. 405-434; 4 East, R. 546-566.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"They are really big on embargoes in Washington and New York," says reporter Mike Norris of the Reno Gazette-Journal, which two years ago broke an embargo of a National Research Council (NRC) study critical of a nuclear waste dumping in Nevada.
If the media break embargoes, all offended organizations can do is take them off mailing lists and dry themselves up as sources, but news outlets can take the same stories off wires and enterprising reporters can still get the reports they want.
Chapter 1: A framework for the analysis of the effectiveness of arms embargoes
Chapter 5: Tightening the screws in West African arms embargoes
Chapter 7: UN arms embargoes in the Great Lakes, 1994-2004
Chapter 8: Arms embargoes against Eritrea and Ethiopia
Since 1990, the UN has imposed a total of nine mandatory arms embargoes in response to external aggression against a sovereign state, civil war, breaches of peace accords, humanitarian emergencies, human rights violations, coups, or acts of terrorism.(1) Although arms embargoes are usually directed at governments, they have also been imposed against non-state actors, such as the National Union for the Total Independence of: Angola (UNITA), the rebel faction in Angola.
Considerable disagreement exists over when and how arms embargoes and other sanctions should be imposed.
Participants at a recent expert seminar in Bonn, Germany are among those who feel that arms embargoes, if properly monitored and implemented, are preferable to comprehensive sanctions.
Although travel sanctions formed part of the conference agenda, much of the discussion at the seminar focussed on ways to improve the formulation, implementation, monitoring, and enforcement of arms embargoes. When formulating arms embargoes, participants felt that the language used in UN resolutions needs to be more precise and positive incentives should be included to persuade the embargoed party to change its behaviour.