Elements for contracting and regulating private security and military companies

30 September 2006 Michael Cottier

Key issues raised by the use and operation of private military and security companies, particularly in conflict areas, are their accountability and how to control them. National regulation, however, is still rare. In view of this still largely unregulated phenomenon, this contribution considers elements of contracting and regulatory options.

About the author

Michael Cottier
Deputy Head of the Section for Human Rights

Deputy Head of the Section for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Directorate of International Law, Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs.

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