The ICoCA Names New Executive Director

Monday, 24 July 2017

GENEVA, Switzerland—


Mr. Jamie Williamson named new Executive Director of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers’ Association


The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers’ Association (ICoCA) is pleased to announce that Mr. Jamie Williamson has been named the Association’s new Executive Director and will officially assume the positon at the beginning of October, 2017.


Mr. Williamson brings to the ICoCA a wealth of international, legal, military and security experience and will join the ICoCA after several years as the Head of the Relations with Arms Carriers Unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In that capacity, Mr. Williamson led a team of over 50 delegates worldwide, and 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 and security contractors. 


Previously, from 2008 until 2011, Mr. Williamson served as the ICRC Legal Advisor at the ICRC Delegation in Washington D.C., providing legal support to the ICRC activities in the U.S. and Canada, with particular focus on Guantanamo and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2005 to 2008, he brought his experience and commitment to humanitarian law and justice to the ICRC as regional legal advisor based in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, he assisted State Authorities and international organizations on the implementation of weapons treaties, and continued to advocate for and successfully legislate international humanitarian law.


Before joining the ICRC, Mr. Williamson was with the UN ad hoc international criminal tribunals in Tanzania and the Netherlands, and Sierra Leone, for nearly 9 years, where he worked on the first international judgments on genocide and war crimes in non-international armed conflicts. Mr. Williamson has published numerous papers on repression of war crimes, international justice, and the challenges to international humanitarian law in modern day conflicts and is on the summer faculty of the Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University, in Washington D.C.


A reception will be held at the 4th Annual General Assembly of the ICoCA on 12 October 2017 to welcome Mr. Williamson and to give Members and Observers an opportunity to engage with and hear from the new Executive Director. Registration for the Annual General Assembly is now open and available here.


The Association would like to express its deepest appreciation to Ms. Anne-Marie Buzatu, the ICoCA’s Interim Executive Director, for dedicating her time, energy, and tremendous leadership over the last several months and to the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forced (DCAF) for their continued support.  


The Association looks forward to welcoming Mr. Williamson to the ICoCA in October. The Association is confident Mr. Williamson’s expertise and leadership will allow the ICoCA to continue to serve its Membership and to further the ICoCA’s mission and mandate to raise industry standards, to improve oversight and accountability, and to ensure the responsible provision of security services in compliance with human rights and international humanitarian law principles.