Spearin, Chritopher
March 2010
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2010, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
This article assesses the likely impacts on Canada of the Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States Related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies During Armed Conflict ("the document"). The article contends that the document's provisions for states contracting private military and security services would require a reconsideration of personnel vetting, a task that will be difficult for Canada to enact. As well, while the document asserts that contracting states are clearly responsible for the actions of their contracted companies, the utility of these companies as a policy tool, given the industry's shift towards indigenization, may be significantly compromised. The article also argues that the document's good practices for the home states in which companies are based, risks politicizing the bilateral defence trade between Canada and the United States because of the latter's prominence in the industry.


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