Professor Stewart Sterk was listed as the sixth most-cited property law faculty in the U.S. from 2013 to 2017 by Brian Leiter's Law School Reports. He had 315 citations in that time period. Congratulations to Professor Sterk!
There’s no ambiguity about their culpability under U.S. law. While a state’s military forces have a license under the international law of armed conflict to kill enemy combatants in war, there is no such “privilege of belligerency” for non-state fighters, including private contractors.