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Sié Chéou-Kang CenterPrivate Security Monitor

Participants meet for the tenth session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Global Efforts

Generally Applicable International Law

States, corporations, and individuals that contract with private military and security firms all possess rights and duties under international law. Applicable legal standards can be found in a range of international instruments pertaining to state responsibility, individual criminal liability, human rights and international humanitarian law.

The main international texts and treaties that apply in some way to the use and operation of PMSCs appear below. Note that information about the applicability and status of individual conventions and treaties vis-à-vis specific states is beyond the scope of the TIPSS project and is not reported here.

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International Law

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