Institutional Responsibility for Private Military and Security Contractors

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dc.contributor.author WHITE, Nigel D.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-10T16:30:05Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-10T16:30:05Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 1831-4066
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/12961
dc.description.abstract This paper analyses issues of legal responsibility arising from the discernible trend among international organizations, including regional organizations, to use the services of Private Military and Security Contractors (PMSCs). It has been argued that suitably controlled and regulated use of PMSCs by the EU and other organizations would bring significant benefits, not only cost-savings but a removal of the organization’s dependence on voluntary and possibly poorly equipped contributions from member states. While identifying the benefits to organizations that the greater use of PMSCs would bring, the paper recognizes that the use of PMSCs raises important concerns about human rights abuse and accountability. While wrongful actions of regular troops are attributable to governments, the test for private contractors is whether the government was in effective control of the conduct in question. The paper considers whether the effective control test is the most appropriate one for private contractors working directly for organizations or for troop contributing nations involved in institutionally mandated peace operations. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI AEL en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2009/26 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries PRIV-WAR project en
dc.title Institutional Responsibility for Private Military and Security Contractors en
dc.type Working Paper en


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