Skip to content Skip to footer

Private Security Companies in the Western Balkans

Department: CESA

When: Tuesday 10 June, 2014 to Friday, 9 June, 2017

Project Description: 

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 2.02.43 PM


Overall Goal:

This project is a cooperation partnership between the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) in Tirana, the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in Sofia, the Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS) in Pristina and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP).

The project aims to ensure that Private Security Companies (PSCs) in the region operate in accordance with international humanitarian law and human rights law. The project includes an exhaustive study of the field, which focuses in particular on the causes of inadequate PSC regulation and look for best practices in addressing these causes both from within the region and beyond.


Specific Objectives:

  1. Identify potential and real challenges in the 4 target states
  2. Identify the specific sources of insecurity and challenges to rule of law and human rights with regard to PSCs stemming from the post-conflict context
  3. Compare PSC challenges in Eastern European post-communist post-conflict transition countries with Eastern European post-communist non-post-conflict transition states


  1. Obtain a comprehensive overview of the regulatory system and its gaps in the 4 target countries
  2. Identify issues and needs relating to regulation and other relevant mechanisms for the oversight of PSC operations
  3. Draw clear policy recommendations
  4. Engage with target audience to involve them in a dialogue about PSC regulation, and strengthen capacity to follow-up on recommendations and their implementation.