State Interests and the Problem of Piracy: Comparing U.S. and UK Approaches to Maritime PMSCs

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Abstract

The U.S. and the UK supported the introduction of PMSCs on merchant vessels to address Somali piracy. This article describes U.S. and UK regulations and guidelines for PMSCs and shippers seeking to hire them. A central concern for each has been ensuring control of the weapons to be used by PMSCs. The U.S. has also sought to vet contractors to ensure the security of U.S. ports and transport facilities, while the UK has focused on ensuring that contractors and companies meet its firearms requirements. These distinctions reflect differences in the regulation of firearms in the U.S. and the UK.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-166
Number of pages14
JournalOcean Development and International Law
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Keywords

  • ITAR
  • MARSEC
  • PCASPs
  • PMSCs
  • export controls
  • firearms
  • regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law

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