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Private military/security companies operating in situations of armed conflict - a gap in human rights and humanitarian law?

A panel of experts will discuss the issues human rights issues raised by private military/security companies operating in situations of armed conflict in a public event at LSE on Tuesday 23 May.

Speaking at this event are:

  • Andy Bearpark, chair of the New British Association of Private Security Companies
  • Dr Chaloka Beyani, senior lecturer in law at LSE
  • Emanuela-Chiara Gillard, a legal adviser at the Legal Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Andrew Gilligan, a senior feature writer for the London Evening Standard

The number of private military/security companies operating in situations of armed conflict has grown exponentially in recent years and the nature of their activities has changed significantly. These commercial organisations now have a significant presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in many African countries.

The panel will address such issues as: Has international and national law kept pace with the expansion of these companies? How can they be held accountable for the actions of their staff? And what are the responsibilities, if any, of the states where these companies are registered?

This event is organised by LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights in association with the International Committee of the Red Cross

Private Military/Security Companies Operating in Situations of Armed Conflict: a gap in human rights and humanitarian law? is on Tuesday 23 May 2006 at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Updated 19 May (posted 11 May 2006)

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