n South African Journal on Human Rights - State Control over Private Military and Security Companies in Armed Conflicts, Hannah Tonkin : book review

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



Hannah Tonkin's book, which began its life as a doctoral thesis completed at the University of Oxford, is one of the many books that have been written in response to the rapid proliferation of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in armed conflicts around the world. distinguishes itself from the other books by firstly, critically analysing the international obligations from the perspective of three key states, namely: the hiring state, the home state and the host state of a PMSC; and secondly, identifying circumstances in which PMSC misconduct may give rise to state responsibility. Tonkin's industry in researching on this topical issue of state control over PMSCs in armed conflict is evident. A University of Adelaide's 97th Rhodes Scholar, Tonkin proved to be in control of the subject matter right from the introductory chapter all through the individual chapters up to the conclusion.

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