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The global reorganization of legitimate violence: military entrepreneurs and the private face of international humanitarian law

30-09-2006 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 863, by James Cockayne

By examining historical changes in the role and legal treatment of military entrepreneurs, the author sheds light on the contemporary ‘‘resurfacing’’ of privately organized violence in the form of private military companies, and its broader implications for international humanitarian law.

   

James Cockayne
is an Associate at the International Peace Academy in New York, and Senior Member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice. 

 
Abstract 
Although long hidden from the public gaze of international humanitarian law, military entrepreneurialism has played a key role in the global organization of legitimate violence. By examining historical changes in the role and legal treatment of military entrepreneurs, the author sheds light on the contemporary ‘‘resurfacing’’ of privately organized violence in the form of private military companies, and its broader implications for international humanitarian law.  

   
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