Swiss govt. & ICRC initiative on private military & security cos.

Website of the initiative by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on private military and security companies

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4 May 2009

[DOC] Joint Committee on Human Rights – Inquiry into Business and Human Rights – Relevance of Her Majesty’s Government Public Consultation on Private Military Companies

Author: James Cockayne

The...Inquiry into Business and Human Rights provides an important opportunity for ensuring that HMG demonstrates its commitment to the Ruggie policy framework, as HMG works with the PMSC industry to explore more effective regulatory arrangements. The...

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24 April 2009

Public consultation on private military companies - Written ministerial statement [UK]

Author: David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [UK]

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is today launching a Public Consultation on our proposed policy to promote high standards of the Private Military and Security Company industry internationally…We will be consulting on our preferred option, which...

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24 April 2009

[PDF] Consultation document: Consultation on promoting high standards of conduct by private military and security companies (pmscs) internationally [UK]

Author: Foreign and Commonwealth Office [UK]

Views are requested by 17 july 2009… This consultation seeks the views of our stakeholders, and other concerned parties, on the proposals to introduce a package of measures to improve standards in the PMSC industry in the UK and worldwide. This...

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1 March 2009

[PDF] Policy Brief: Five Blueprints for Regulating the Global Security Industry

Author: James Cockayne et al., International Peace Institute

This policy brief examines options for improving international regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs)...What is needed is a global framework to assist states in regulating this industry...IPI examined frameworks for the...

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1 March 2009

[PDF] Private military and security companies: a framework for regulation

Author: James Cockayne & Emily Speers Mears, International Peace Institute

…[T]he International Peace Institute reviewed thirty standards implementation and enforcement frameworks in a range of global industries…to identify how such a framework might be constructed for the global security industry (GSI)…This policy report...

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25 February 2009

[PDF] Presentation to the United Kingdom Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights

Author: Christopher Avery, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[This brief overview of some international developments in the field of business & human rights was presented to the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights at their mini-conference on business and human rights, the purpose of which was “to...

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10 February 2009

RIGHTS: Violations Privatised Away

Author: David Cronin, IPS

Though the U.S. has made the most extensive use of [security firms]...it is in Europe where they originated...Four decades later, the European Union is being urged to introduce regulations so that better oversight of private security firms can be...

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19 January 2009

Dogs of War: Codes of conduct -- trust but verify

Author: David Isenberg, United Press International

Regulation of an industry takes many different forms. There are outright laws and regulations, official standards, governmental monitoring agencies and internal rules...Sometimes it works well. And sometimes it fails…One part of regulation is...

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1 December 2008

[PDF] Code of Conduct: Tool for Self-Regulation for Private Military and Security Companies

Author: Nils Rosemann, published by Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

This study aims to illustrate patterns of behavioural rules derived from corporate obligations, and to deduce from these a draft Code of Conduct (CoC) for Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs). The purpose of a Code of Conduct for [PMSCs] is...

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1 November 2008

Regulating Private Military and Security Companies: The Content, Negotiation, Weaknesses and Promise of the Montreux Document

Author: James Cockayne, Journal of Conflict and Security Law

On 17 September 2008, 17 states…endorsed the ‘Montreux Document’ affirming the legal obligations and describing good practices…related to operations of private military and security companies…[The author] provide[s] an overview of the Montreux...

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