The Idea of Corporate Transitional Justice: Paths to Corporate Criminology in Brazil

Published date01 December 2021
Date01 December 2021
DOI10.1177/07340168211038046
Article
The Idea of Corporate
Transitional Justice:
Paths to Corporate
Criminology in Brazil
Eduardo Saad-Diniz
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Abstract
The essay aims to exam corporate complicity with authoritarian regimes of the past and contem-
porary practices for the purposes of developing the body of corporate criminology. The opening of
Brazilian criminological research to the role of companies during the military regime shines new
lights on corporate accountability and may, when investigating the corporate complicity with
authoritarian dynamics, also open new avenues for the transitional justice studies. Especially with
regard to the idea of Corporate Transitional Justice, it assumes the need for broader debates about
the historical continuum and different forms of business contributions and aspects of harming and
victimizing in the corporate field.
Keywords
Brazilian criminology, corporate crime, corporate criminal justice, transitional justice, corporate
transitional justice
The essay aims to exam corporate complicity with authoritarian regimes of the past and contem-
porary practices for the purposes of developing the body of corporate criminology. The opening of
Brazilian criminological research to the role of companies during the military regime shines new
lights on corporate accountability and may, when investigating the corporate complicity with
authoritarian dynamics, also open new avenues for the transitional justice studies. Especially with
regard to the idea of Corporate Transitional Justice (CTJ), it assumes the need for broader debates
about the historical continuum and different forms and aspects of harming and victimizing by means
of business contributions.
Thus, this missing account in transitional studies aims to conceptualize the set of measures and
controls implemented by means of public policies and corporate initiatives to redress not only the
past but also the continuum of corporate harmful wrongdoing in complicity with authoritarian
dynamics. In September 2020, for instance, Volkswagen signed an agreement with public authorities
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Ribeira
˜o Preto Law School and Latin American Studies, University of Sa
˜o Paulo, Brazil
Corresponding Author:
Eduardo Saad-Diniz, Ribeira
˜o Preto Law School and Latin American Studies, University of Sa
˜o Paulo, Sa
˜o Paulo, Brazil.
Email: eduardo.saaddiniz@usp.br
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