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The Morality of Private War

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The principled case for employing private military and security companies in interventions for human rights purposes
The possibility of using private military and security companies to bolster the capacity to undertake intervention for human rights purposes (humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping) has been increasingly debated. The focus of such discussions has, however, largely been on practical issues and the contingent problems posed by private force. By contrast, this article considers the principled case for privatising humanitarian intervention. It focuses on two central issues. First, does outsourcing humanitarian intervention to private military and security companies pose some fundamental, deeper problems in this context, such as an abdication of a state’s duties? Second, on the other hand, is there a case for preferring these firms to other, state-based agents of humanitarian intervention? For instance, given a state’s duties to their own military personnel, should the use of private military and security contractors be preferred to regular soldiers for humanitarian intervention?
10.1111/j.1468-5930.2011.00548.x
English

Primary contributor

Co-author Deane-Peter Baker

Additional contributors

Co-author James Pattison

Additional details

29
1
Yes
0264-3758
50% contribution each
Blackwell Publishing
01 February 2012
1-18
Oxford
Post-print
Journal of applied philosophy

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Harvard

Baker, Deane-Peter and Pattison, James (2012) The principled case for employing private military and security companies in interventions for human rights purposes. Journal of applied philosophy. 29 (1), pp. 1-18 Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

Vancouver

Baker Deane-Peter and Pattison James. The principled case for employing private military and security companies in interventions for human rights purposes. Journal of applied philosophy 2012; 29 (1): 1-18.