Multilevel Regulation of Military and Security Contractors

The Interplay between International, European and Domestic Norms

Edited by: Christine Bakker, Mirko Sossai

The outsourcing of military and security services is the object of intense legal debate. States employ private military and security companies (PMSCs) to perform functions previously exercised by regular armed forces. International organizations, non-governmental organizations, and business corporations are increasingly doing the same to provide security, particularly in crisis situations. Much of the public attention on PMSCs has been in response to incidents in which PMSC employees have been accused of violating international humanitarian law. Therefore initiatives have been launched to introduce uniform international standards amidst what is currently very uneven national regulation. This book analyzes and discusses the interplay between international, European, and domestic regulatory measures in the field of PMSCs. It presents a comprehensive assessment of the existing domestic legislation in EU Member States and relevant Third States, and it identifies implications for future international regulation. The book also addresses the crucial questions of whether and how the EU can potentially play a more active future role in the regulation of PMSCs to ensure compliance with human rights and international humanitarian law. (Series: Studies in International Law - Vol. 38)

664 pages

Publication Date: 2/10/2012
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781849462488