The Legal Regime Applicable to Private Military and Security Company Personnel in Armed Conflicts

  • Mohamad Ghazi Janaby

About this book


This book investigates the modern privatisation of war. It specifically focuses on the legal regime regulating private military and security company (PMSC) personnel in armed conflicts. The law regulating PMSC personnel is analysed from two perspectives. Firstly, can one of the three following legal statuses established by international humanitarian law – “mercenary”, “combatant” or “civilian” – be applied to PMSC personnel? Secondly, the book employs a context-dependent methodology to explore the legal regime regulating PMSC personnel. It argues that the legal regime regulating PMSC personnel in armed conflicts depends on who hires them: individual states, the United Nations, non-governmental organisations, or armed groups. This approach represents a departure from previous literature, where attention has primarily been paid to the use of PMSCs by states.


Private military and security companies International humanitarian law Mercenaries Peacekeepers Armed groups Humanitarian organisations Civilians Combatants International human rights law Regulation of private military and security companies

Authors and affiliations

  • Mohamad Ghazi Janaby
    • 1
  1. 1.College of LawUniversity of BabylonBabylonIraq

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42230-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42231-2
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