CJS Seminar - Private Security and National Security: The Case of Estonia
From Iain Mcgee
Private Security and National Security: The Case of Estonia
Dr Matthew Light (University of Toronto, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies), Dr Anne-Marie Singh (Ryerson University, Department of Criminology) and Josh Gold (Canadian International Council)
About the seminar
Most studies of private security postulate exclusively internal, primarily economic, causes of the industry’s growth and regulation. In contrast, based on the case of post-Soviet Estonia, we investigate how a state’s external security environment influences private security. As we demonstrate, Estonia’s tense relations with Russia unleashed several processes through which private security evolved from a lawless industry, to a modest, lightly regulated one: (1) the exclusion of public police from private security, (2) effective measures against organized crime, (3) state-civil society security cooperation, and (4) free-trade policies that permitted western companies to acquire Estonian security firms. Estonia thus clarifies how high politics shapes private security, while also revealing the factors that make the industry relatively uncontentious in most industrialized democracies.
Crime, Justice and Society Seminar Series
The Crime, Justice and Society seminars are co-hosted by the Criminal Law and Criminology subject areas of Edinburgh Law School and are open to all. We particularly welcome students from our LLM and MSc programmes to join us.