Privatization of Security Conference

Sixth Annual Academics and Experts’ Conference

Privatization of Security: PMSCs and Beyond

November 28, 2014

The Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague (MUP) cordially invites you to attend its sixth annual conference for academics and practitioners that will take place at MUP in Prague on November 28, 2014. The conference will be held in English only. The full conference program is already available. Registrations for the public is open, please fill in a short on-line registration form to secure a place in the audience. There is no registration fee.

The conference will open with a keynote address entitled Private Security Studies: The Strange Story of the Establishment of an Academic Field delivered by Anna Leander (Copenhagen Business School). The subsequent 14 presentations delivered by scholars coming from European as well as non-European countries will probe both the challenges and opportunities related to privatization of security broadly speaking. In addition to presentations examining the numerous issues concerning the activities of private military and/or security companies (PMSCs), there will also be presentations that widen the existing debates on security privatization by looking at how and why an increasing number of private actors beyond PMSCs have to perform various security related functions.

All papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special section of the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies. If you want your paper to be published, please follow the guidelines for authors, which are available at the journal’s webpage: http://www.cejiss.org/submission. The deadline for final papers’ submission is January 5, 2015. Please note that acceptance for the conference does not automatically guarantee the publication in CEJISS!

For information on the past annual conference held in English, please click here.

One day before our conference (November 27, 2014), the Czech Ministry of Interior and a Czech PSCs’ association Komora podniků komerční bezpečnosti České republiky are organizing a practitioners conference on the role of PSCs in crime prevention in the Czech Republic. This conference is in Czech only, further information is available here.