Litigating Abuses Committed by Private Military Companies

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dc.contributor.author RYNGAERT, Cedric
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-28T09:42:01Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-28T09:42:01Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 1831-4066
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/11406
dc.description.abstract One of the main tools for 'socializing' private military contractors (PMCs) is litigation. The threat of litigation may encourage contractors to set up their own corporate social responsibility and accountability mechanisms with a view to preventing them being hauled before courts. The article identifies the jurisdictional opportunities and pitfalls of criminal (public law) and civil/tort (private law) litigation against PMCs in domestic courts. The focus lies on litigation for human rights abuses, with special emphasis on US proceedings, the US being the home and hiring state of the majority of PMCs active in overseas conflict zones. It is argued that, because the chances of success of tort litigation are, in fact, rather limited in the US, given the many procedural obstacles, the criminal law avenue may prove to be more promising, if at least prosecutors show more leadership in bringing cases. Also at a deeper accountability level, criminal litigation may be preferable on the ground that criminal punishment sends a stronger accountability and deterrence signal than a mere money judgment. en
dc.description.sponsorship The ‘Regulating Privatisation of “War”: The Role of the EU in Assuring the Compliance with International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights” (PRIV-WAR) project is funded by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme under grant agreement no. 217405. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI AEL en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2009/05 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries PRIV-WAR Project en
dc.relation.uri www.priv-war.eu en
dc.subject Law en
dc.subject Regulation en
dc.subject Human Rights en
dc.subject Security en
dc.subject Accountability en
dc.subject Socialisation en
dc.subject Civil-military Relations en
dc.title Litigating Abuses Committed by Private Military Companies en
dc.type Working Paper en


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