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Peacekeeping, private security and international human rights law: a review of UN policies

White, Nigel D.

Authors

NIGEL WHITE nigel.white@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Public International Law



Abstract

The un is used to ‘outsourcing’ or ‘contracting out’ its peacekeeping functions but, traditionally, this has been to states willing to contribute troops to an operation under overall un command and control. This model itself has created tensions between contributing states and the un. Given these conditions, and the fact that international law is traditionally seen as primarily applicable to states, it seems even more legally problematic that the un has, in recent years, started to outsource certain peacekeeping functions to the private sector. Inevitably, issues of applicable international laws, lines of responsibility and mechanisms for accountability, are less clear. In recent years the un has addressed this new practice by adopting a series of guidelines and polices on armed security contractors. The aim of this paper is to analyse these current un policies in the light of their compatibility with international law, particularly international human rights law.

Citation

White, N. D. (2014). Peacekeeping, private security and international human rights law: a review of UN policies. International Community Law Review, 16(4), https://doi.org/10.1163/18719732-12341289

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2014
Publication Date Nov 30, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 2, 2016
Journal International Community Law Review
Print ISSN 1871-9740
Electronic ISSN 1871-9732
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/18719732-12341289
Keywords UN, outsourcing, peacekeeping, private security contractors, lethal force, international human rights law
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/33725
Publisher URL http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/18719732-12341289
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf

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