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Security Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 264–279 | Cite as

Corporate security – Private justice? (Un)settling employer–employee troubles

  • Clarissa Meerts
Original Article

Abstract

‘Corporate security’ is a specialized form of private security providing services to private sector companies and also sometimes to public sector organizations, these services being tailored to the specific needs and interests of clients. This article focuses on those frequent instances where the private party acts independently from public law enforcement. Within this high degree of autonomy from public authorities, corporate security acts as an aspect of their clients’ management, keeping internal order by framing responses to economic crime in terms of secrecy, discretion, control and legal flexibility. Public law actors may however be tasked strategically – sometimes formally, sometimes informally – to assist with these purposes. This article focuses on the modus operandi of corporate security as observed in the Netherlands, setting this in the context of the international literature.

Keywords

corporate security private settlement contract law criminal law reputational management 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was made possible by funding of Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam and by the assistance of anonymous interviewees. Going forward, the work is funded for 2012–2016 by the NWO MaGW Onderzoekstalent 2011 (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Division of Social Sciences Research Talent 2011) grant. I am also grateful to James Williams, whose work inspired this research; to Nicholas Dorn, with whom I have co-authored earlier work and who commented on drafts of the above; to René van Swaaningen, who further encouraged me and who together with Nicholas Dorn now supervises my doctoral work; to Henk van de Bunt and other colleagues in Erasmus School of Law; to anonymous referees for their useful comments; and to the editors of this special issue. The usual disclaimer applies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clarissa Meerts
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  1. 1.Criminology DepartmentErasmus School of Law, Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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