National legislation survey

The Working Group has undertaken to conduct a survey of national legislation with a view to study and identify trends in national regulatory frameworks relevant to private military and security companies (PMSCs).

The results of this comprehensive study and analysis of national legislation will be made publically available on the Internet to provide a basis of research for a variety of stakeholders, and will inform the report of the Working Group to the 25th session of the Human Rights Council in 2013.

The Working Group collects laws and regulations relating to private military and/or security companies, their personnel, and their activities and welcomes contributions from Member States, inter-governmental organisations, regional bodies, and from members of civil society, including non-governmental organisations and academic circles.

For purposes of the Working Group’s study, a private military and/or security company (PMSC) is defined as a corporate entity which provides on a compensatory basis military and/or security services by physical persons and/or legal entities.

The Working Group would appreciate receiving copies of national legislation or other measures related to any of the following:

  • private security companies or services
  • private military companies or services
  • private maritime security companies or services
  • private intelligence gathering companies or services
  • companies providing training to public security forces
  • defining and/or limiting which Government functions can be outsourced to private companies
  • registration, licensing, vetting, or training requirements for PMSC companies and/or personnel
  • criminal measures relevant to PMSCs or their personnel, including laws relating to the jurisdiction of national courts over offenses committed abroad by companies or individuals from your country
  • mercenaries

The Working Group would appreciate receiving copies of all relevant legislation, rules, regulations, policies, standards and/or other measures (such as handbooks), as well as measures developed by public, quasi-public, and private institutions (e.g. standard-setting bodies or relevant professional bodies).

Please enclose copies of all relevant materials and provide references, addresses (including internet links), and other necessary information to enable identification of relevant materials.

While responses can be submitted in all official languages of the United Nations, the Working Group would prefer responses in English, the working language of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries. We welcome accompanying documents (such as laws) in their original/official language(s) as well as in English or other translations.

Please kindly submit your reply in electronic form or hard copy by 20 July 2012 to the Secretariat of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10; Fax: +41 22 928 90 77; email: