International Conference in Barcelona: Confronting the privatization of war and security

Universitat de Barcelona, Edifici Históric, Aula Capella, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585 (Barcelona)

Open sessions: November 22nd 2018, from 9:00h to 18:30h
Working Sessions (Closed-Door Meeting, Upon Request): November 23rd from 9:00h to 15:00h

Currently, citizens around the globe are facing an increasingly complex international scenario where business interests and politicking are convoluting modern warfare, enabling the entry of privately held corporations with increased firepower and highly specialized training into conflict. Based on the proliferation and fragmentation of non-state armed actors, these corporations involved in war and conflict settings have capitalized on (in)security as a new way of business.

Considering its potential externalities, the International Conference Confronting the Privatization of War and Security, held in Barcelona on 22nd – 23rd November 2018, aims to promote joint research, to raise public awareness and to advance effective advocacy work on the implications that the privatization of war and security can have on the democratic control of security policies and overall respect and protection of human rights worldwide..

Main Goals of the Conference

  • To analyze, identify and discuss challenges, limitations, influence and impact of growing role of PMSCs in armed conflicts, occupation and homeland security contexts, while identifying key alternatives and strategies to ensure human security, justice and prevention of corporate-related human rights abuses
  • To build new narrative on public security based on the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms through the collaboration of scholars and academia, civil society organizations, human rights defenders and people affected by violence in conflict zones
  • To develop and create an international and multidisciplinary hub to limit the privatization of war and security with the aim of advancing research agendas, raise awareness, integration of advocacy work through the participation of civil society organizations, working groups, platforms, specialized researchers and human rights defenders and their consolidated networks

Intended Audience:
We address these sessions to international civil society organizations and their respective networks, working groups and task forces focused on business and human rights; national and international members of academia; think tanks and practitioners dealing on issues in security, peace and conflict; as well as students and the general public interested in the process of privatization of war and security, armed conflicts, occupation and homeland security contexts.

Contact and confirmation:
Open sessions (Day 1): Please confirm you participation to and +34935513292.