In the semipublic domain both public and private actors use their (legal) instruments to secure order and security, to protect visitors, personnel and their goods from harm. This project aims to answer the question to what extent non-governmental actors can legitimately contribute to public order and security on a local level. The first theme of this project concerns the legitimacy of the use of private law instruments for public policy goals and the applicable normative framework, derived from private law principles as well as public law principles. Consideration is given to the horizontal effect of human rights and sufficient mechanisms of checks and balances. Second, private actors also increasingly cooperate with governmental actors in order to create an ‘integral security policy’. This project aims to answer the question to what extent the government can control the use of private law instruments by these private actors. Which boundaries have to be taken into account in case of public-private-partnerships? To this regard, attention will be given to accountability of the different partners in the network.
The Centre for Public Contract Law & Governance is an expert centre of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It focuses on government contracts, public procurement, distributing scarcity, public-private legal relationships, semi-public entities, and distribution of responsibilities on the market.