6.- 8.9.2012. Jelena Milić, CEAS Director, participated in a Round Table under the title “Private Military and Security Companies” in Sanremo

San Remo, September 6-8, 2012

IIHL Sanremo

Jelena Milić, Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) participated in the XXXV Round Table on Current Issues of International Humanitarian Law under the title “Private Military and Security Companies” held between 6-8 September in Sanremo. The Round Table was organized by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense of Italy.

The works presented focused on the relevant questions of international humanitarian law, raised by the increased presence and activities of private military and security companies (PMSC) in various contexts. With the contributions of government representatives, international organisations and eminent experts coming from different regions of the world, the Round Table offered opportunities to share points of view and experiences among all the interested parties, including states, international organisations, civil society and the private security industry.

By delving into the nature of the status of private companies and the interrelation of the main initiatives aimed at establishing essential standards, the purpose of the Sanremo Round Table was to provide an up-to-date view of the actual international and national normalisation initiatives and the related institutional endeavours aimed at the implementation of already recognised standards regarding the application of the fundamental norms and principles of humanitarian law and human rights.

The Round Table was officially opened by Gianluigi Magri, Under-Secretariy of Defence, and Gianni Ghisi, Coordinator for the Contrast of Maritime Piracy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. High-ranking personalities such as the Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Christine Beerli; the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of the United States Department of Defense, Gary Motsek and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Gregory Starr, also took part to the Round Table.