Private military contractors and changing norms for the laws of armed conflict
Renée De Nevers
New battlefields, old laws : critical debates on asymmetric warfare
New York : Columbia University Press, 2011
p. 150-168 : tabl.
First, this chapter lays out humanitarian law's classifications of different actors and discuss how PSCs (Private Security Companies) fit within this framework by examining how their status, who they work for, and the jobs they do affect PSC employees' standing under humanitarian law. It then examines the implications of reliance on PSCs given the increased likelihood of asymmetric conflicts and concludes with a discussion of the similarities and differences in the challenges for law and policy presented by contractors and children on the battlefield.