Privatizing Humanitarian Intervention? Mercenaries, PMCs and the Business of Peace

  • Krzysztof Kotarski
  • Samuel Walker
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 7)


This article contemplates the pros and cons of privatizing humanitarian intervention to prevent genocide through the employment of mercenaries, or Private Military Companies (PMC). After exploring the historical and cultural background of PMCs, the authors then examine how current laws and international norms carve out exceptions for the legitimate use of PMCs. Finally, the article surveys some of the central practical concerns involved in PMC use, including accountability, command and control, and tactical feasibility.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Moral Objection State Sovereignty Special Rapporteur Peace Operation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Military & Strategic Studies, University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.The Old SchoolsUniversity of CambridgeCalgaryCanada

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