War by Contract: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and Private Contractors

Editat de Francesco Francioni, Natalino Ronzitti
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The growth in scope and importance of the private military and security industry in the past decade has challenged the role of the state as the main provider of defence and security functions. At the same time it has put under stress the state's authority to properly oversee the conduct of private contractors and has raised the question of whether existing rules of domestic law and international law are adequate to ensure their accountability in the event of abuse. This book addresses this question through the lens of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. It presents a systematic analysis of the way in which these two bodies of international law, applicable in times of peace and in the event of armed conflict, may be interpreted and implemented in a way so as to fill possible accountability gaps.

Human rights and humanitarian law obligations are analysed from the point of view of their applicability to the states involved, to international organizations, and to the companies and their individual employees. Victims' access to civil remedies and the criminal prosecution of private contractors, as well as new policy issues, such as the use of private contractors in the fight against piracy, are also covered in the book.

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ISBN-13: 9780199604555
ISBN-10: 019960455X
Pagini: 576
Dimensiuni: 164 x 240 x 39 mm
Greutate: 1.00 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


There is hardly a more timely or topical book for those who are interested in the evolution of international humanitarian law, or the expansion of human rights law to new areas and issues regarding the responsibility of states for acts outsourced to PMSCs ... It should quickly find a solid place on the shelves of all university law libraries and beyond.
...the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume that grapples with the thorny issues surrounding PMSCs...that is currently available...the analyses presented will remain continually relevant into the impressive achievement and it would be unsurprising if it became the definitive work in the area.
...a unique survey of the legal implications of employing private contractors on maritime vessels...a meaningful and necessary first step in such an analysis
War by Contract is an impressive achievement and it would not be surprising if it became the definitive work in this area. War by Contract is certainly the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume that engages with the issues surrounding PMSCs, viewed from the perspective of international human rights and international humanitarian law, which is currently available

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Francesco Francioni has a doctorate in law from the University of Florence and an LLM from Harvard. He is Professor of international law and human rights at the European University Institute in Florence, where he is also Co-Director of the Academy of European Law. He was previously Professor of international law at the University of Siena and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Oxford, Cornell, and Texas.Natalino Ronzitti is Professor of international law at the LUISS University School of Law, Rome. He has given conferences and lectures in numerous foreign universities and institutions, including the Hague Academy of International Law. In addition to his academic career, he has been occasionally acted as a consultant for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Ministry of Defence. He has also served as Legal Advisor for the Italian Permanent Representative to the Conference onDisarmament (Geneva).