Regulation & Oversight
Informations about National Regulations, Regional Initiatives, and International Regulations.


National laws governing the use and operations of private  security companies vary widely in scope and complexity. In a few (but increasing) number of national systems, companies and personnel delivering /or security services are subject to licensing requirements and vetting procedures. In other states the commercial provision of these services is criminalized as a form of mercenarism. In most countries, however, the commercial provision of  security services is not specifically regulated except by contract law that applies to the agreement struck between a client and security company. 

The national regulations that appear below were collected by DCAF and the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries. In 2012, the Working Group issued a request to all UN member states for their laws, rules and regulations relating to the provision of private security services. As responses are received they are posted on the Working Group's website.


The Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries survey of National Regulatory Frameworks: Responses from member states

Drawing from these resources, the Private Security Governance Observatory compiles and annotates the available legislation onto this page, and if necessary, dedicated country pages. Relevant country information is compiled from a variety of sources, mainly, from DCAF, the Working Group, and the Private Security Monitor.