Mercenaries or Private Military Contractors?: Regulation of an Ever-Expanding Phenomenon


Add to My Calendar Saturday, October 12, 2019 10:15am


Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023

Join Center for Constitutional Rights Senior Staff Attorney, Katherine Gallagher, at International Law Weekend 2019  as she discusses the regulation of military contractors:

Erik Prince, founder and CEO of the controversial private military contracting company, Blackwater, has proposed regularizing the use of "mercenary" forces by the United States. Meanwhile, a secretive organization known as the Wagner Group, with alleged ties to the Russian regime, has already been implicated in conflicts in Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, and Venezuela. Other military contractors perform less controversial defensive security functions in conflict zones. Are the activities of such organizations lawful? What legal and other mechanisms exist to regulate such operations and hold violators of humanitarian and human rights law accountable? What gaps in law need to be filled?

Katherine will be joined by Laura Dickinson,Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law, Katherine Gorove, Attorney, U.S. Department of State, Molly Gray, Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law, Vermont Law School and Gabor Rona, Visiting Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School as moderator. 

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September 25, 2019