Protecting the Victims of the Privatization of War

  • Willem van Genugten
  • Marie-José van der Heijden
  • Nicola Jägers
Part of the Studies in Global Justice book series (JUST, volume 8)


Since the end of the Cold War, which brought about a shrinking of the size of national armies, one can observe an increased role of private military and security companies in conflict areas. States, most notably the United States of America and the United Kingdom, but increasingly also other states such as South Africa, are outsourcing war efforts, while in general progressively more tasks are being contracted out to Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) The major difference between traditional armies and PMSCs is the contract-base on which these companies work. The PMSCs provide a wide pallet of services ranging from consultancy to combat, and it amy be easier to categorize some of these activities as military than others such as logistic services, training and operational support.


International Criminal Court Geneva Convention Universal Jurisdiction Private Contractor Private Military 
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The authors wish to thank Eefje de Volder for her willingness to read and comment on an earlier draft. This article has benefited greatly from her lucid remarks. Naturally, any remaining mistakes are ours.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willem van Genugten
    • 1
  • Marie-José van der Heijden
    • 1
  • Nicola Jägers
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Law, Tilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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