Jamie Williamson

Jamie Williamson

Executive Director of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers Association (ICoCA)

Areas of expertise

International Humanitarian Law  /  Business and Human Rights  /  National Security  /  International Justice  /  Private Military Contractors and Security Companies

Jamie Williamson is the Executive Director of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers Association (ICoCA), an international multi-stakeholder organization which brings together a global and diverse membership of private security providers, governments and civil society organizations. As the governance body overseeing the implementation of the International Code of Conduct, the organization contributes to raising standards in the rapidly evolving global private security industry and ensures respect for human rights and national and international laws notably in complex environments.

Jamie Williamson joined ICoCA after several years as the Head of the Relations with Arms Carriers at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In that capacity, Mr Williamson was responsible for the strategic orientation and implementation of core programs, advising and training state and non-state weapons bearers, including multinational forces and private military contractors and security providers.

Previously, from 2008 until 2011, Mr Williamson served as the ICRC Legal Advisor in Washington D.C., leading the operational legal dialogue for the ICRC with the US and Canada, with a particular focus on Guantanamo and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2005 to 2008, he served as the ICRC as regional legal advisor for Southern and Eastern Africa.

Before joining the ICRC, Mr Williamson was with the international criminal tribunals in Tanzania, the Netherlands, and Sierra Leone where he worked on the first international trials on genocide and war crimes.

Mr Williamson is on the summer faculty of the Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University, in Washington D.C.

Taught Courses

Trial Chamber hearing in the Ayyash et al. case (Case STL-11-01) - 28 January 2016 Executive Master - Course

Accountability for Atrocity Crimes

This course examines and discusses the main criminal jurisdictions fostering individual legal accountability for international crimes.

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