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Regulating privatisation of “war”: the role of the EU in assuring the compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights

Objective

The goal of the research project is to assess the impact of the extensive use of private military and security companies in situations of armed conflict and to discuss the regulatory framework at national, European and international levels, to assure compliance with international humanitarian law and human rights. Though this is not a new phenomenon, the fear motivating commentators and activists was that private companies operate in a legal vacuum. Although there is growing consensus now in the literature that the situation actually resembles more a complex patchwork of norms, the key question still remains whether and how these existing norms can be effectively applied and whether they need to be supplemented with new norms. Specific objectives are: to promote a better understanding of the phenomenon of the privatisation of war; to clarify the legal status of PMCs/PSCs employees under international humanitarian law; to foster knowledge on the impact of private military activities on the enjoyment of human rights; to analyse international responsibility and accountability of the corporations; to examine the existing regulation at national and EU levels, to explore the ways the EU could regulate PMCs/PSCs. The current proposal seeks to highlight the crucial role of the EU in three respects, which to date have not received much attention in the literature. First, the proposal will seek to offer insights into how the EU can and should develop a unified position on the international regulation of PMCs/PSCs. Second, the work to be undertaken will assess the need for and potential of harmonization of the EU member states’ domestic approaches towards PMCs/PSCs. Lastly, the present proposal will offer advice to policymakers on the development of a regulation scheme at the supranational level. To date, the existing literature on such schemes has largely neglected the role of the EU could and should play in this regard.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /social sciences/law
  • /social sciences/law/human rights

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE
Address
Via Dei Roccettini 9
50014 Fiesole
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 372 320
Administrative Contact
Serena Scarselli (Ms.)

Participants (6)

LUISS LIBERA UNIVERSITA INTERNAZIONALE DEGLI STUDI SOCIALI GUIDO CARLI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 184 162
Address
Viale Pola 12
00198 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Natalino Ronzitti (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 159 520
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)
RIGAS JURIDISKA AUGSTSKOLA SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 52 320
Address
Strelnieku Iela 4 K 2
1010 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ineta Ziemele (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 122 800
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eric Myjer (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS II PANTHEON ASSAS
France
EU contribution
€ 103 760
Address
Place Du Pantheon 12
75231 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Serge Sur (Prof.)
JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 143 800
Address
Ludwigstrasse 23
35390 Giessen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thilo Marauhn (Prof.)