EU Operations and Private Military Contractors: Issues of Corporate and Institutional Responsibility

Posted: 17 Jan 2009

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Nigel D. White

University of Nottingham

Sorcha MacLeod

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 2008

Abstract

The European Union has developed its security competence since 1992, thus putting pressure on its Member States to provide troops for the increasing number of EU peace operations being deployed to different areas of the globe. But with national militaries being rationalized and contracted the EU will inevitably follow the lead of the US, the UK, and the UN and start to use Private Military Contractors to undertake some of the functions of peace operations. This article explores the consequences of this trend from the perspective of the accountability and responsibility of both the corporation and the institution when the employees of PMCs commit violations of human rights law and, if applicable, international humanitarian law.

Suggested Citation

White, Nigel D. and MacLeod, Sorcha, EU Operations and Private Military Contractors: Issues of Corporate and Institutional Responsibility (November 2008). European Journal of International Law, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 965-988, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1327643 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chn067

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