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31 January 2013

Prosecutors Mounting New Case Against Blackwater Security Guards [Iraq]

Author: Mike Scarcella, Blog of Legal Times

The government isn't retreating from a new criminal case against a group of former private security guards who were first charged in 2008 with manslaughter for their alleged roles in a shooting in Iraq that left more than a dozen civilians dead…[It ]...

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28 January 2013
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Author: Sébastien Masteau, Perspectives Internationales [France]

Le recours aux Sociétés Militaires de Sécurité Privée (SMSP) semble avoir connu un tournant historique lors des récentes campagnes militaires en Afghanistan et en Irak…En termes juridiques, aucune disposition nationale n’interdit stricto sensu la...

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28 January 2013

Putting Credibility Into a Code of Conduct

Author: David Isenberg, Huffington Post

Academi is about to release a new Code of Conduct, which should go a long way towards assuring people that when it comes to responsible ethical behavior, Academi is putting serious internal oversight where its mouth is...Academi's new code...runs 33...

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24 January 2013
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Author: Yves Petignat, Le Temps [Suisse]

Le Conseil fédéral [suisse] veut interdire la participation d’entreprises de sécurité à des hostilités dans le cadre d’un conflit armé à l’étranger, et soumettre à autorisation des prestations de sécurité, garde d’immeuble, assistance logistique,...

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23 January 2013

Military contracting: our new era of corporate mercenaries

Author: [Comment] Arjun Sethi, Guardian [UK]

The privatization of conflict is no longer a trend. It's the norm...Yet, the laws that govern this industry tell a different story. Instead of a transnational system with meaningful collaboration, we have a patchwork of state laws that allow companies...

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24 November 2012

Are Private Military Companies (PMCs) Exempted From Geneva Conventions?

Author: Richard Rousseau, Eurasia Review

Private Military Companies (PMCs), Private Security Companies (PSCs)...perform a variety of tasks in the areas of logistics, security, intelligence, and protection of persons, goods, and transport infrastructures. Such tasks were traditionally and...

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16 November 2012

Bullets for hire

Author: Economist

As the big conflicts of the past decade come to an end...private armies are beginning to chase new business...Industrial firms, which are increasingly setting up shop in unstable places, are expected to be a growing chunk of the customer base...[B]ig...

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1 November 2012

Prosecutors Outline ‘Stringent’ Safeguards in Second Chance at Blackwater Case [USA]

Author: Mike Scarcella, Blog of the Legal Times [USA]

Federal prosecutors in Washington are moving forward with a new criminal case against a group of former Blackwater security guards whose first prosecution on manslaughter charges collapsed amid allegations of government misconduct. A federal trial...

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29 October 2012

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin - Issue 7

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Full text of October 2012 issue of the Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin. Refers to lawsuits against adidas, Amesys (part of Bull), Anadarko, Anglo Platinum (part of Anglo American), Areva, Blackwater, BP, CACI, Cameron International...

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12 October 2012

After Benghazi Attack, Private Security Hovers as an Issue

Author: James Risen, New York Times

The Benghazi attacks, in which the [US] ambassador and three other Americans were killed, come at the end of a 10-year period in which...aggressive measures used by private contractors...led to shootings in Afghanistan and Iraq that provoked protests,...

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