UDC 341:351.749
Biblid: 0543-3657, 67 (2016)
Vol. 67, No 1161, pp. 109-122
DOI:

Review paper
Received: 28 Oct 2015
Accepted: 28 Nov 2015

INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ASPECT OF USING PRIVATE MILITARY AND SECURITY COMPANIES IN ARMED CONFLICT ZONES

Anđelković dr Slobodan (menadžer bezbednosti), andjelkovic.slobodan@gmail.com
Sarapa dr Đorđe (advokat), djordjesarapa@gmail.com

Most of the on-going armed conflicts in the world are distinctive by the use of private military and security companies, so their capabilities become an important factor in modern conflicts and international relations. In some cases, the number of private security contractors exceeds the number of armed forces, and thus the success of the international military campaigns, largely depends on the services provided by private security sector. Armed conflict zones (not exclusively the war zones), have a number of similar and complementary terms, which are significant from a legal point of view. Due to incidents where humanitarian law was severely breached, it pointed out the urgent need for adequate regulation of the subject at the international level. The paper analyzes the relevant documents, with a critical review of the legal status of private military and security companies and private security contractors in the armed conflict zones.

Keywords: private military and security companies, international documents, Montreux document, armed conflict zones, human rights