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The Morality of Private WarThe Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies$
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James Pattison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639700

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639700.001.0001

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Private Military Force in Practice

Private Military Force in Practice

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The Morality of Private War

James Pattison

Oxford University Press

This chapter, first, brings the findings from the previous chapters together to provide an overall assessment of private military force and the permissibility of the use of PMSCs in specific instances. Second, it uses the preceding analysis to consider the permissibility of private military force in specific roles (such as combat and inherently governmental roles), for specific purposes (such as anti-piracy, humanitarian assistance, and peace operations), and for specific clients (such as transnational companies). Overall, it argues that, on the one hand, despite the notable deeper and contingent problems with the privatization of military force, PMSCs can be permissibly employed in a wide variety of roles when their deployment is likely to have very beneficial consequences for the enjoyment of basic human rights. On the other hand, it argues that these circumstances are likely to be rare and, in most cases, the deeper and contingent problems mean that there are generally strong reasons to prefer public to private military force.

Keywords:   combat, inherently governmental, humanitarian aid, humanitarian intervention, peacekeeping, piracy, private military and security companies, regulation, states

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