Corporate militaries and states: actors, interactions and reactions

Sheehy, B 2006, 'Corporate militaries and states: actors, interactions and reactions', Texas international law review, vol. 41, pp. 68-101.

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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Corporate militaries and states: actors, interactions and reactions
Author(s) Sheehy, B
Year 2006
Journal name Texas international law review
Volume number 41
Start page 68
End page 101
Total pages 34
Publisher University of Texas at Austin, school of law publications
Abstract Following the military forces of the United States and the United Kingdom, private military firms (PMFs) make up the third largest contingent in Iraq. These corporate warriors are large enough to launch invasions of small sovereign states and are often employed by whomever has sufficient funds to retain their services. Such entities create serious challenges for modern international law. In their article, Virginia Newell and Benedict Sheehy approach the PMF conundrum from a number of different perspectives so as to better elucidate the difficulties that states have had, are having, and will face in the future, as they strive to effectively utilize, and at the same time regulate, PMFs. The first part of the article concentrates on the definitional problems one encounters when attempting to conceptualize PMFs and their activity. The second part explores the different types of interactions between PMFs and states and queries whether the key to effective regulation is to focus on the nature of the interactions. The final part explores the variety and efficacy of the different state regulatory regimes that have been imposed on PMFs.
Subject Corporations and Associations Law
Keyword(s) military forces
United States
United Kingdom
private military firms
corporate warriors
small sovereign states
international law
Copyright notice © Copyright University of Texas, Austin, School of Law Publications, Inc. Winter 2006. Provided by ProQuest LLC.
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