The Secretariat to the Montreux Document Forum invites States to submit requests for advisory support related to the regulation of private military and security companies (PMSCs). These are meant to provide support to national regulators in addressing challenges posed by the regulation of the private security industry.
The private military and security industry has grown to a considerable size in many countries, with a myriad of different services provided, and frequently armed with lethal or less lethal weapons. As a result, PMSCs and their personnel create concerns for national authorities and challenges for regulation of this burgeoning industry ranging from outdated or obsolete laws, to inadequate training for national regulatory authorities, or ineffective grievance mechanisms.
MDF’s advisory supports States through a highly contextualized approach, driven by national challenges. The format of the advisory support package will be developed in discussions and consultations with the national actors and will be adapted to the relevant request. It can take the following forms:
- Baseline research
- Support to multi-stakeholder dialogue on regulation
- Supporting national authorities on legal and regulatory reform
We welcome requests from national regulatory bodies, oversight committees, parliamentarians, line ministries, and other regulatory authorities. Interested parties are invited to use the submissions template for the request to the advisory support, and send it to us until 5 June 2019.