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From Mercenaries to Market: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies

Simon Chesterman and Chia Lehnardt


Frequently characterized as either mercenaries in modern guise or the market's response to a security vacuum, private military companies are commercial firms offering military services ranging from combat and military training and advice to logistical support. They play an increasingly important role in armed conflicts, UN peace operations, and providing security in unstable states. Executive Outcomes turned around an orphaned conflict in Sierra Leone in the mid-1990s; Military Professional Resources Incorporated (MPRI) was instrumental in shifting the balance of power in the Balkans, enabling ... More

Keywords: private security company, mercenary, peace operations, international humanitarian law, Blackwater, Iraq, regulation

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Chesterman, editor
Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme, and an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore
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Chia Lehnardt, editor
Doctoral candidate, Humboldt University, Berlin

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