The role of private security companies in international law during an armed conflict

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The role of private security companies in international law during an armed conflict

Sirkkanen, Jarkko (2017)Open the file

Sirkkanen, Jarkko
Department of Management and Military Pedagogy
Master’s Degree Student’s Master’s Thesis
General Training Course 58
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This research is part of the military management field. The thesis utilizes the approaches and methods of law. The survey also utilizes the methods of qualitative research. Philosophically, research follows the principle of legalism.

The research target is private security companies and their role in international law in armed conflict. The aim is to study the status of private security companies from three different perspectives. First, the aim is to find out the status and responsibility of an individual in international law. Another objective is to resolve the position and responsibility of the superior / commander in international law. The third aim is to investigate the state’s responsibility in international law.

The key research problem and the main research question is what is the role of private security companies in international law in an armed conflict?

Private security companies have become armed conflicts in the 21st century. The security of states and international organizations and companies operating in crisis-hit economies nowadays is, as a rule, a private security company. As demand grows, the number of services provided by private security companies has also increased exponentially. Increasing the cost of state armed forces has also led to outsourcing services on a large scale. Outsourcing brought a new element to the battlefield, which had to be taken into account in international law. Especially when the number of offenses committed by business workers began to increase. In Finland, outsourcing of services has started, and some of the services are already run by private companies. Armed conflicts need to know the status of private companies, because only then can the war rules be enforced on the battlefield. At the same time, private-sector employees know their own risks when operating in an armed conflict.

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