April 28, 2010
Chesterman on Business Activities in Conflict Zones
Simon Chesterman has posted Lawyers, Guns, and Money: The Governance of Business Activities in Conflict Zones on SSRN with the following abstract:
paper argues that the norms governing businesses in conflict zones are
both understudied and undervalued. Understudied because the focus is
generally on human rights of universal application, rather than the
narrower regime of international humanitarian law
(IHL). Undervalued because IHL may provide a more certain foundation
for real norms that can be applied to businesses and the individuals
that control them.
The first part will briefly describe the normative regime that is set up by human rights and IHL. Part two looks at the specific situation of conflict zones and efforts to regulate some of the newer entities on the scene, in particular private military and security companies. Part three then sketches out a regime that focuses not on toothless regulation but on a model of governance that combines limited sanctions with wider structuring of incentives.
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