13
NOV
2017

The Value-Add of the ICoCA: A ‘Strong Sword’

What is the ‘value-add’ of the ICoCA? That question surfaced occasionally at the margins of the successful annual meeting of the International Code of Conduct Association, the Swiss-based non-profit association that brings together industry, civil society, and governments to...
17
OCT
2017

Continued progress in operationalizing responsible private security: ICoCA holds annual meeting

With a new tagline on its promotional materials, “bringing together industry, civil society and governments to promote responsible private security services and respect for human rights,” the International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) held its Annual General Assembly in...
17
NOV
2016

Tools for Effective and Responsible Contracting of Private Security Services

Private security companies provide services to a range of clients operating in complex and high risk environments. Increasingly state actors, to include international organizations, as well as private actors, such as companies and humanitarian assistance and human rights...
26
OCT
2016

Human Analytics moderates panel on PSC standards at ISOA Summit

Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt, Senior Managing Director of Human Analytics LLC, will moderate the panel “Security Contracting Certification: Update and Lessons Learned” on Thursday, 27 October, 2016 at this year’s International Stability Operations Association’s Annual Summit. Private...
19
AUG
2016

New Standards for CBs Certifying Private Security Companies to ANSI/ASIS PSC.1 and ISO 18788 Open for Public Comment

Readers, who have been closely following standard setting for private security companies (PSCs), may be interested in opportunities to comment on two new standards for Certification Bodies (CBs) certifying PSCs to ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 and ISO 18788-2015 – the two leading...
15
JUL
2016

New Tools for States and Companies Assist with Better Governance of the Private Security Industry

In the last few months, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has released three new tools to help States better regulate private security companies (PSCs) and PSCs ensure the responsible provision of security services. An international foundation...
08
JUN
2016

Convicted Former Blackwater Guards Challenge Use of MEJA

According to Law360, the four former Blackwater guards convicted in the 2007 Nisour Square shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians argued before the DC Circuit that the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) should not have been used to prosecute them. While challenging most...
25
MAY
2016

Certifying Private Security Companies’ Human Rights Performance: Not All Certificates Are Created Alike

A growing number of private security companies (PSCs) providing security services overseas to the U.S. Department of Defense (US DoD) and U.S. Department of State (US DoS) are becoming certified by third party auditors as a means of demonstrating their adherence to international...
12
MAY
2016

UK publishes updated National Action Plan on Business & Human Rights

On May 12th, 2016 the United Kingdom published its updated National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, a new version of its original National Action Plan first published in 2013 after the 2011 publication of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)...
09
MAR
2016

ISO 18788 certification – a new basis for vetting and selecting PSCs

Organizations that utilize private security companies (PSCs) traditionally selected a specific PSC based on the security company’s perceived strength and reputation in a particular geography or technical offering. Ultimately, the selection of the PSC often came down to evaluating...