Contract and Regulation
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Contract and Regulation

A Handbook on New Methods of Law Making in Private Law

Edited by Roger Brownsword, Rob A.J. van Gestel and Hans-W. Micklitz

Contract and Regulation: A Handbook on New Methods of Law Making in Private Law sheds light on the darker side of contracts. It begins by exploring the ‘regulatory space’ in which projects are planned, deals are done, and goods and services are consumed, then shows how a ‘bottom-up’ approach can be adopted in order to view this transactional space through the eyes of contractors. The expert contributors explore modes of governance that do not fit nicely into traditional contract theory, paying special attention to three key examples: governance and codes of conduction, networks and relations, compliance and use.
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Chapter 7: Monitoring compliance with contracts and regulations: between private and public law

Monika Namysłowska


Compliance with contracts and regulations is increasingly being monitored by various experts, who assume the role of quasi-lawyers. The decision to employ a compliance officer, a trustee or a data protection officer primarily depends on the type of norms which need to be complied with. Particular professions aimed at monitoring compliance differ. However, all compliance specialists share several characteristic features, such as independence, which guarantee the effective performance of their tasks. Monitoring compliance is more and more often required by law and consists in performance of public tasks due to the delegation of the powers of public authorities to compliance professionals. The use of private actors to achieve the objectives of the state raises numerous doubts. The growing importance of compliance experts clearly illustrates the need to find a proper balance between the public and private interest as well as between private and public law. Keywords: compliance, monitoring compliance, compliance officer, trustee, data protection officer

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