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Private security and human rights

Event Details

Time: 17:30-19:00 (Registration open from 17:00)
Followed by a drinks reception

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

The private security sector operates in widely varied and often complex environments with frequent human rights risks. These issues extend to companies in other sectors which require private security services. In addition, private security's core operations often involve the protection of human rights such as the right to life, security of the person and property, even if not expressed in human rights terms.

This event will look at implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by private security providers. It will provide an overview of the regulatory framework and international developments, consider the role of certification bodies and discuss common challenges along with emerging practices to address them.


  • Lise Smit, BIICL Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights


  • Dr Sorcha MacLeod, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Sylvia White, Gardaworld
  • Oona Muirhead CBE, MSS Global

This event is convened by Lise Smit, Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, as part of the Economic and Social Research Council Business and Human Rights Seminar Series.

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.

Registration and Pricing

BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £40
  • Full-time Academic - £25
  • Full-time Student - £15


  • Individual - £70
  • Full-time Academic - £45
  • Full-time Student - £25

N.B. The Academic rate also applies to staff of government and non-profit organisations.

Free NGO Places

A limited number of places for this event are available for staff of NGOs to attend free of charge as part of an initiative by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law to provide NGOs with access to legal education and training events.

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