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date: 20 October 2020

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This chapter addresses several issues concerning private military and security companies (PMSCs), including the legitimacy of their involvement in armed conflict, the protections afforded to PMSC personnel, and the privileges they enjoy. It examines the accountability of states for the conduct of PMSCs. It then discusses the application of international law to and by PMSCs and their personnel.

Keywords: international law, armed conflict, private security services, state responsibility

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