Update: 23.06.2010

Code of conduct for private military and security companies

An international code of conduct for private military and security companies is finally within reach. After the security industry published a declaration of intent in June 2009, a first draft of a code of conduct has been presented for international consultation.

Switzerland as a driving force

The process is promoted by three Swiss institutions, namely by the Political Affairs Division IV, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) as well as the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. It includes main players of the transnational security industry and governmental bodies of various countries alike.

Take on responsibility

The aim of the process is not only to define binding codes of conduct for private military and security companies but also to establish international complaints procedures for the victims of human rights violations by private security companies.

The present Code of Conduct as well as a factsheet can be downloaded at:

Top-level support

In an interview in August 2010, Swiss Federal Councillor Micheline Calmy-Rey underlines the importance of an international regulation of private military and security companies. Work on the code of conduct are due to be finished in the near future.


The practical relevance of this initiative is illustrated in the following article on the activities of the private military company Xe (formerly Blackwater):

      Information on the Wilton Park Conference in June 2009

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