Critically analyse the prohibition against the use of mercenaries in Article 47 of API. - Would the Brigade of Gurkhas or the French Foreign Legion be considered as mercenaries under this definition ? - Evaluate the extent to which the UN Convention on Mercenaries develops the law in this area. Article 47 (2) establishes a definition of mercenaries, stating six cumulative criteria: ? A mercenary is any person who : (a) is specially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict A mercenary must then be recruited to fight in a particular armed conflict It thus exludes people who enter service on a permanent or long-lasting basis in a foreign army (b) [a mercenary] does, in fact, take a direct part in the hostilities Only a person fighting in the armed conflict can be considered as a mercenary It thus excludes advisers and military technicians
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