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Private military and security activity, PMC/PSC regulation, accountability of security contractors, the banning of mercenary practices, and maritime security are some of the issues addressed by the legal documents and official reports listed in this section. Find here frequently consulted documents. Used the options below to retrieved many more documents pertaining the regulation of PMCs/PSCs and/or the private provision of military and security services.

Frequently consulted documents


Afghanistan - end of the twenty-year U.S.-led military involvement

Remarks by President Biden on the End of the War in Afghanistan. The White House, State Dining Room, August 31, 2021, 3:28 P.M. EDT: TEXT

United Nations Security Council. The situation in Afghanistan. S/RES/2593(2021), August 30, 2021: PDF

Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan. The White House, Treaty Room, April 14, 2021, 2:29 P.M. EDT: TEXT

U.S-The Taliban. Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United Statesas a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America. Signed in Doha, Qatar on February 29, 2020.: PDF

U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Quarterly Report to the United States Congress. Washington, D.C., July 30, 2021: PDF

U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Quarterly Report to the United States Congress. Washington, D.C., April 30, 2021: PDF

More information about the end of the twenty year war at the INSURGENCY CENTRAL ASIA page


United States

Arms Export Control Act (AECA). US Code, Title 22: Foreign Relations, Chapter 39: Arms Export Control. AECA provides the authority to control the export of defense articles and services > The U.S. President is the person authorized to exercise this autority > Executive Order 11958, as amended, delegated this statutory authority to the Secretary of State: TEXT (browsable site hosted by DOS)

Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of 2000 (MEJA): US Code, Title 18: Crimes and Criminal Procedure, Chapter 212: Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, §§ 3261 - 3267. Criminal offenses committed by certain members of the Armed Forces and by persons employed by or accompanying the Armed Forces outside the United States:

> Search for title 18 and sections 3261 - 3267 in the United States Code website:
> TEXT (maintained by the Government Printing Office)
> Browsable site hosted by Cornell University:

United Kingdom

National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015. A Secure and Prosperous United Kingdom. Presented to Parliament by the Prime Minister by Command of Her Majesty. London, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, November 2015 (Cm 9161): PDF | Launch page: HTML

Private Military Companies : Options for Regulation 2001-2002. Green Paper HC 577 (ISBN 0 10 2914115 X). London, The Stationery Office, February 12, 2002. This Paper is a response to the recommendation of the Foreign Affairs Committee in its report on Sierra Leone (HC 116-1) that in respect of mercenary activities, the Government publish a Green Paper outlining options for the control of private military companies which operate out of the UK, its dependencies and the British Islands: PDF

Private Security Companies: Written Ministerial Statement: Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds has updated parliament on the development of a regulatory system for private security companies. London, U.K. Parliament, House of Commons, Friday December 17, 2012: TEXT

> ANSI/ASIS PSC.1-2012 : Management System for Quality of Private Security Company Operations: PDF

South Africa

Prohibition of Mercenary Activity and Prohibition and Regulation of Certain Activities in an Area of Armed Conflict Bill. 2006.

United Nations

International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries. General Assembly, 72nd plenary meeting [A/RES/44/34] 4 December 1989: Backup copy at


Convention for the Elimination of Mercenarism in Africa. Organization of African Unity, Libreville, 3rd July 1977

Montreux Document on Pertinent International Legal Obligations and Good Practices for States Related to Operations of Private Military and Security Companies During Armed Conflict. Montreux, 17 September 2008. click here

Maritime Law

International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. The ISPS Code is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The new security measures were adopted after 1 July 2004: TEXT | PDF

The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code
The Company and the Ship
The Port Facility
Responsibilities of Contracting Governments
Amendments to SOLAS
New Chapter XI-2 (Special measures to enhance maritime security)
Resolutions adopted by the conference
Officers of the Conference



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