EJIL Symposium: Private military contractors and international law

European University Institute, Villa Schifanoia
4 June 2008

Preliminary Programme

9.00 Welcome and Introduction
Francesco Francioni (EUI)

9.30 The Role of Private Military Contractors in International Law
Moderator: Thilo Marauhn

Status of Private Military Companies (PMCs) in the Law of War: the Question of Direct Participation in Hostilities
Mirko Sossai (LUISS,Rome)

International Law Implications of the Outsourcing of Intelligence Operations to PMCs
Simon Chesterman (NYU)

10.45 Coffee Break

11.00 International and Institutional Responsibility
Moderator: Simon Chesterman

State Responsibility for PMCs’ Activities abroad
Carsten Hoppe (EUI)

Issues of Responsibility for Serious Human Rights Violations: The Case-law of International Human Rights Courts and Monitoring Bodies
Ineta Ziemele (Riga School of Law)

The EU and PMCs: Issues of Institutional and Corporate Responsibility
Nigel White and Sorcha MacLeod (University of Sheffield)

12.45 Lunch

14.00 Issues of Jurisdiction, Enforcement and Individual Liability
Moderator: Nigel White

Controlling PMCs: the Issue of Jurisdiction
Cedric Ryngaert (Utrecht University)

Obligations of States to Prosecute Individual Employees of PMCs for Serious Human Rights Violations
Christine Bakker (EUI)

Individual Criminal Liability of PMC Employees
Chia Lehnardt (Cambridge University)

15.45 Coffee Break

16.00 Conflicting Legal Regimes and a Case-Study
Moderator: Ineta Ziemele

PMC Personnel: Private Sector Employees in Public Service: An Analysis of Overlapping Legal Regimes
Thilo Marauhn and Faustin Ntoubandi (J.L. University, Giessen)

Case-study on US Practice regarding Accountability of PMCs
Scott Sullivan (Texas Law School)

17.15 Conclusions
Natalino Ronzitti (LUISS, Rome), Joseph Weiler (NYU)

Participation is subject to registration (please contact: [email protected])