The Global Reorganization of Legitimate Violence: Military Entrepreneurs And the Private Face of International Humanitarian Law

International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 88, No. 863, September 2006

32 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2007

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James Cockayne

Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation

Abstract

Although long hidden from the public gaze of international humanitarian law, military entrepreneurialism has played a key role in the global organization of legitimate violence. By examining historical changes in the role and legal treatment of military entrepreneurs, the author sheds light on the contemporary ''resurfacing'' of privately organized violence in the form of private military companies, and its broader implications for international humanitarian law.

Keywords: mercenaries, private security companies, private military companies, military contractors, military entrepreneurs, international humanitarian law, monopoly on violence, Weber

Suggested Citation

Cockayne, James, The Global Reorganization of Legitimate Violence: Military Entrepreneurs And the Private Face of International Humanitarian Law. International Review of the Red Cross, Vol. 88, No. 863, September 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008166

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