Private Military and Security Company Employees: Are They the Mercenaries of the Twenty-first Century?

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dc.contributor.author MANCINI, Marina
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-20T13:00:41Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-20T13:00:41Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 1831-4066
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/14745
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates whether and in which cases private military and security company employees can be considered mercenaries under international law, in the light of recent practice and academic debate. Firstly, it focuses on the definitions of ‘mercenary’ laid down in international treaties and explores whether they reflect customary international law. Secondly, this paper reviews the various conditions listed in the afore-mentioned definitions and tries to find out whether and to what degree private military and security company personnel meet them. It argues that none of the said definitions has achieved the status of customary international law and demonstrates that only a very limited number of employees fall within them. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI AEL en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2010/05 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries PRIV-WAR Project en
dc.title Private Military and Security Company Employees: Are They the Mercenaries of the Twenty-first Century? en
dc.type Working Paper en


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