Journal Article

Counter-piracy Operations by Private Maritime Security Contractors

Alice Priddy and Stuart Casey-Maslen

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 10, issue 4, pages 839-856
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online September 2012 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI:
Counter-piracy Operations by Private Maritime Security Contractors

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Private maritime security contractors (PMSCs) are being hired with ever-increasing regularity to guard vessels passing through areas where the risk of being attacked by pirates is particularly high. While this may bring greater security to ships and their crews, it also raises a number of important issues, especially what constitutes lawful use of force by armed guards belonging to PMSCs. It is sometimes a fine line between lawful self-defence and homicide, but it is one that needs to be drawn clearly. This article discusses the applicable standards — human rights as well as other relevant frameworks and standards — and concludes that further work is required to ensure that the rights of all concerned are respected and protected.

Journal Article.  8915 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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