Ryan M. Scoville, Toward an Accountability-Based Definition of Mercenary, 37 Geo. J. Int’l L. 541 (2006). Posted with permission of the publisher, The Georgetown Journal of International Law © 2006.
37 Georgetown Journal of International Law 541 (2006)
Mercenary violence is an increasingly serious threat to international security. From a legal perspective, the development of this threat is problematic because the international treaties that regulate "mercenaries" operate on a flawed definition of the concept. Even the most recent definition neither accounts for changes in global security over the past decade nor reflects the fundamental problem with mercenaries - the fact that they are not state-accountable actors. These deficiencies have contributed to the spread of mercenary activity by complicating treaty enforcement and undermining state support for the current law. This Note therefore proposes a new definition of "mercenary." The proposed definition expands the range of activity in which mercenaries participate and abandons elements of the existing definition that do not relate to accountability.
Scoville, Ryan M., "Toward an Accountability-Based Definition of Mercenary" (2006). Faculty Publications. Paper 287.