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Legal Implications of Third Party Liability for the European Security Industry

This project was part of an overall study which aimed to investigate the impact of existing third party liability and regulatory structures on the Security Industry, broadly conceived, within Europe. The study as a whole aimed to form the foundation for policy suggestions that would further develop or re-cast the relevant structures.

To this end, as part of the new co-operation agreement ECTIL and the University of Graz, Professors Monika Hinteregger (Graz), Helmut Koziol (ECTIL) and Ken Oliphant (ECTIL/Bristol) were leading part of the study which investigated the current situation regarding liability in the national legal systems of 7 EU Member States - UK, Sweden, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain, drawing particular attention to any innovative or unique solutions in each jurisdiction. Resulting comparative conclusions were used to develop a set of draft proposals for regulating the Security Industry throughout Europe. Other parts of the study aimed to investigate the relevant international or EU law regimes, the regime put in place by the US Safety Act and the situation in other analogous industries. The study as a whole was carried out on behalf of the European Commission by the University of Maastricht, Faculty of Law, METRO (Maastricht European Institute for Transnational Legal Research), in collaboration with the law firm Hunton & Williams and ECTIL.

A publication of the work from the project is cuurently being arranged with Cambridge University Press and is scheduled for publication in mid-2014.