Regulation and control of private military companies: The legislative dimension

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The demand for private military services is likely to increase in the near future, a point made in the government's 2002 Green Paper on options for regulation. As a consequence of this, private military companies (PMCs) will continue to have an impact on international security and stability. The introduction of a suitable regulatory system will therefore be vital to ensuring such an impact by UK PMCs is of a positive nature. The article outlines the six regulatory options in the Green Paper and a seventh option not included, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each option and the potential impact of each on the actions of UK PMCs operating on the international stage.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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