Kateri Carmola, PhD

KCarmola_profileKateri Carmola started CCG after a decade of teaching and research in academia. She is an expert on the legal and ethical issues of modern warfare, with particular focus on issues surrounding private security companies. Her book, Private Security Contractors in the Age of New Wars: Risk, Law, & Ethics (Routledge, 2010), analyzes the legal and sociological issues surrounding the use of private military contractors worldwide. She has published chapters on PSCs in Contractors and War (Stanford, 2012) and the Handbook of Security (Palgrave, 2014), and is currently writing chapters for two forthcoming books. She has also published articles on the problems of accountability at Abu Ghraib, the concept of proportionality in the laws of war, and the use of Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan. She has been interviewed on the subject of PSCs on public radio stations in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC.

Since starting CCG in 2013, she has designed and executed a human rights risk and impact analysis of a PSC with operations in Iraq, and has done field work in Basra and Baghdad. And since 2004 she has participated in numerous forums and events on the private security industry, including events hosted by the American Bar Association, the Princeton Project on National Security, and Harvard University Law School.


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