Private military and security companies : a transnational legal approach
by Math Noortmann and Ioannis Chapsos
100 years of peace through law : past and future
Berlin : Duncker and Humblot, 2015
In this contribution the authors first provide an overview of the debates and policy initiatives on private military and security companies (PMSCs). They then discuss the concept of transnational law and its evolution since it was first developed by Phillip Jessup, and argue that PMSCs are operating in a transnational business and security environment. They examine the diversity of roles of the PMSCs in order to map roles and activities against possible responsibility and accountability schemes. The concepts of international and transnational responsibility and accountability are reviewed in order to identify the linkages between international and transnational regulation, and determine areas of overlap and the need for clarification. The authors finally formulate some conclusions and suggestions for understanding initiatives within the sector from a transnational legal perspective.