C. Bakker, M. Sossai (Eds.), Multilevel Regulation of Military and Security Contractors. The Interplay Between International, European And Domestic Norms, Oxford: Hart, 2012, 625 Pages
This book discusses the increasing involvement of private companies in the exercise of military and security public functions in the changing international space. It considers two different aspects of this phenomenon: the inclination of States to contract private companies to perform genuine military and security functions within the context of armed conflicts; and the employment of these same companies by non-statal bodies, such as business corporations or international organizations, in crisis situations in which local institutions are unable to guarantee security. As a legal research on such developments, it addresses three main sets of legal questions. First, how do international, European and domestic regulatory measures in this field come reciprocally into contact, and what are the results of their interplay? Second, what legal issues does this composite regulation arise? Third, moving from empirical analysis to normative reflection, in what ways could the EU contribute to the development of a global regulation of private military and security companies, in particular by ensuring that their action complies with human rights and international humanitarian law?