The Status of Private Military Contractors Under International Humanitarian Law

Posted: 4 Apr 2012  

Won Kidane

Seattle University School of Law

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Date Written: 2010

Abstract

One of the serious problems that the new administration faces is undoubtedly the regulation and use of private military contractors on “the war on terror”. The private military industry is largely unregulated at the national level. Its status under international law is also poorly understood. This article assesses the legal status of this industry, characterizes the various functions, demonstrates the difficulty of regulating the industry as a unitary entity, and identifies the appropriate set of international standards that the new administration and Congress as well as the larger international legal community could employ in evaluating regulatory options.

Keywords: status of military contractors, private military contractors, private military companies, military contractors, private armies, combatants, humanitarian law, international humanitarian law, IHL, military contractor accountability

Suggested Citation

Kidane, Won, The Status of Private Military Contractors Under International Humanitarian Law (2010). Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, Vol. 38, p. 361, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1664640

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