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Dickinson publishes ‘Outsourcing War and Peace’
Outsourcing War and Peace: Preserving Public Values in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs
, Faculty Director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs, has just been published by Yale University Press.
In the book, Dickinson analyzes the trend over the last 20 years or more to hire private firms to perform duties such as security operations abroad, deliver foreign aid and conduct peace negotiations, among others. This trend has garnered much press because of scandals like Blackwater.
Dickinson argues that, while many privatization critics seek to halt the practice of outsourcing, it is not a realistic solution. Instead, she seeks to identify a variety of potential oversight and accountability mechanisms that could be built into the privatization process. Although some of these mechanisms involve strengthening criminal law regimes, Dickinson argues that additional oversight and restraint mechanisms can be found by focusing on tort suits, better contractual drafting and monitoring, increased feedback mechanisms for affected populations, and key changes to the organizational structures of contract firms.
Dickinson’s work focuses on human rights, national security, foreign affairs privatization, and qualitative empirical approaches to international law. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and co-organizer of a Collaborative Research Network on Empirical Approaches to International Human Rights Law, convened under the auspices of the Law & Society Association.