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The Use of Private Force by the United Nations to Coercively Prevent or Halt Gross Violations of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ Doctrine

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The United Nations’ ability to coercively intervene to prevent or stop gross violations of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine is weakened by its reliance on ad hoc mechanisms to secure troops. Although controversial, the deployment of private force to intervene in such circumstances is not prohibited by extant international law and may provide a pragmatic solution. Developing international legal norms can be interpreted to allow the United Nations to employ Private Military and Security Companies to protect vulnerable populations. Existing standards and guidelines for more conventional operations could be used to construct a robust framework of accountability for the United Nations, the corporations and their personnel. In turn, this could lead to the de facto international regulation of much of the global private military and security industry.

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