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Beyond Market Forces: Regulating the Global Security Industry

James Cockayne, with Emily Speers Mears, Iveta Cherneva, Alison Gurin, Sheila Oviedo, and Dylan Yaeger
Beyond Market Forces: Regulating the Global Security Industry
ISBN: 978-0-937722-97-8
$28.50
2009/333 pages
Distributed for the International Peace Institute

"This important and timely publication recommends how gaps can be filled to ensure human rights protection. It provides the road map the international community must follow to end some of the worst human rights abuses of our time."—Salil Tripathy, Institute for Human Rights and Business

"Comprehensive and clear…. This isn't just a contribution to the debate—it is the debate. And entering the debate without reading this first would be foolhardy."—Andrew Bearpark, British Association of Private Security Companies

"Thoughtful and thought-provoking…. It is essential reading."—Simon Chesterman, New York University School of Law

 "An essential tool for all those interested in improving regulation of the private military and security industry."—Christopher Avery, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

DESCRIPTION

Private military and security companies play an increasingly visible role in conflict and postconflict situations. Properly regulated, they may offer efficient and responsive means for governments to deliver security in insecure environments. But well-publicized abuses suggest that an adequate regulatory framework is still urgently needed.

In response, Beyond Market Forces articulates clear guidelines for the regulation of the global security industry. The result of a research project in which the authors surveyed and assessed models of state- and market-based regulation in 30 global industries, it not only has immediate relevance for policymakers and practitioners, but also makes a key contribution to scholarly debate on the subject.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Cockayne is senior associate at the International Peace Institute. 

CONTENTS

  • THE CHALLENGE OF REGULATING THE GLOBAL SECURITY INDUSTRY.
  • Introduction.
  • Existing Efforts to Implement and Enforce Standards in the Global Security Industry—and Their Limits.
  • What Kind of Framework Is Feasible for the Global Security Industry?
  • LEARNING FROM OTHER FRAMEWORKS.
  • Watchdogs.
  • Courts and Tribunals.
  • Accreditation Regimes.
  • Clubs.
  • Harmonization Schemes I.
  • Harmonization Schemes II.
  • BEYOND MARKET FORCES.
  • Toward a Global Framework to Assist States in Regulating the Global Security Industry.
  • Conclusion.