Democratic Security Sector Governance

Democratic institutions, both the democratically elected branch of the legislature (e.g. assembly or parliament) and the judiciary, in all nations have a vital role to play in security sector oversight and monitoring security sector policies and practices. In this way, parliamentary oversight is a critical component of legislative governance of the security sector.

The role of parliamentarians and parliamentary committees is multi-faceted and, ultimately, determines the legal framework for security policy and practice, accountability of security institutions and security institutions’ use of financial and human resources. Such activities presume a high degree of motivation and focused activity by interested parliamentarians.

Additionally, all security sector institutions and their employees must be accountable to an independent judiciary for their actions.

Legislating for the Security Sector Toolkit: The Argentinian National Intelligence Law

This booklet contains The Argentinian National Intelligence Law, 2001 and the Regulation of the National Intelligence Act, 2002 in its original form as well as the provisions of this legislation which are reorganised by topic. This allows lawmakers to … read more

Legislating for the Security Sector Toolkit: The Netherlands’ Intelligence and Security Services Act

This booklet contains the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act in its original form as well as the provisions of this legislation which are reorganised by topic. This allows lawmakers to easily identify the specific subjects that should be cove … read more

Legislating for the Security Sector Toolkit: Compilation of Good Practices for Intelligence Agencies and their Oversight

The Compilation of Good Practices within the Security Sector Toolkit highlights the legal and institutional frameworks and measures that ensure respect for human rights by intelligence agencies while countering terrorism. The toolkit also identifies in … read more

Guidance Note: UNCAC Self-Assessments: Going Beyond the Minimum

The UN Convention Against Corruption Self-Assessment process is an opportunity to engage in national dialogue on anti-corruption policies and programmes and stimulate reforms to curb corruption. This practical Guidance Note provides a methodology for n … read more

Resource Guide on Strengthening Judicial Integrity and Capacity

The purpose of this Guide is to support and inform those who are tasked with reforming and strengthening the justice systems of their countries. The Resource Guide also aims to provide development partners, international organizations, and other provid … read more

Legislating for the Security Sector Toolkit: Strengthening Financial Oversight in the Security Sector

The toolkit contains a number of booklets in English, French, and Arabic that provide norms and standards, guidebooks, and practical examples of model laws in various areas of security sector legislation. Some specific publications within the Toolkit d … read more

SSR: Narrowing the Gap between Theory and Practice

The persistent gap between theory and practice in SSR can be a source of much irritation and disappointment at failures to implement SSR norms as well as in response to concepts and strategies that seem unhelpfully far removed from local realities. Thi … read more

Parliamentary Powers in Security Sector Governance

This publication contains two sections: First, an introductory text on parliamentary oversight with the aim to help parliamentarians and non-parliamentarians alike to understand what the powers of an ambitious, competent and well-prepared parliament an … read more

Parliamentary Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies in the European Union

This study evaluates the oversight of national security and intelligence agencies by parliaments and specialised, non-parliamentary oversight bodies with a view to identifying good practices that inform the European Parliament’s approach to strengtheni … read more

Gender Self-Assessment Guide for the Police, Armed Forces and Justice Sector

This self-assessment guide is a tool for assessing the gender responsiveness of a security sector institution. A gender-responsive security sector institution is one that both meets the distinct security and justice needs of men, women, boys and girls … read more

Civilianisation of the Defence Ministry: A Functional Approach to a Modern Defence Institution

This paper seeks to contribute to an informed and constructive discussion on how the civilianisation of the defence ministry could be conceptualized and managed within the framework of an overall defence transformation. The paper offers a methodologica … read more

Good Practice Guidance on Internal Controls, Ethics and Compliance

This Good Practice Guidance is addressed to companies for establishing and ensuring the effectiveness of internal controls, ethics, and compliance programmes or measures for preventing and detecting the bribery of foreign public officials in their inte … read more

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism

This is the third annual report submitted to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. In Chapter II of the report, the Special Rapporteur lis … read more

Oversight and Guidance: The Relevance of Parliamentary Oversight for the Security Sector

This updated version of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly – DCAF Vademecum on Oversight and Guidance of the Security Sector, as with the first edition published in 2003, seeks to present information on parliamentary oversight and guidance of the security … read more

Almanac on Security Sector Governance in Ukraine 2010

Editor(s): Merle Maigre and Philipp Fluri DCAF 2010 ISBN:978-92-9222-116-4 This Almanac forms the first English language collection of essays by Ukrainian civilian experts over-viewing Ukraine’s security sector agencies. The contributions reflect the g … read more

Legislating for the Security Sector Toolkit: International Police Standards guidebook on Democratic Policing

This toolkit contains international standards and principles of democratic policing. The guidebook is designed to assist OSCE staff dealing with police and law-enforcement issues as well as police practitioners and policy-makers working to develop and … read more

Integrity Self-Assessment Process: A Diagnostic Tool for National Defence Establishments

The Integrity Self-Assessment Process is a mechanism developed within the NATO Partnership Action Plan on Defence Institution Building (PAP-DIB). The process is focused on practical support for nations, helping their defence reform efforts, as well as … read more

Report on the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces

The Report focuses not only on the subordination of armed forces to democratically elected political authorities, but also to the legal standards and to the principles of democracy set out by them, which are to be enforced by the competent organ or aut … read more

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