Global Policing and the Case of Kim Dotcom


In early 2012, 76 heavily armed police conducted a raid on a house in Auckland, New Zealand. The targets were Kim Dotcom, a German national with a NZ residency visa, and several colleagues affiliated with Megaupload, an online subscription-based peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing facility. The alleged offences involved facilitating unlawful file sharing and United States federal criminal copyright violations. Following the raid, several court cases provide valuable insights into emerging ‘global policing’ practices (Bowling and Sheptycki 2012) based on communications between sovereign enforcement agencies.  This article uses these cases to explore the growth of ‘extraterritorial’ police powers that operate ‘across borders’ (Nadelmann 1993) as part of several broader transformations of global policing in the digital age.

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Published: 2013-11-01
Pages:105 to 119
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How to Cite
Palmer, D. and Warren, I. J. (2013) “Global Policing and the Case of Kim Dotcom”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2(3), pp. 105-119. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v2i3.105.

Author Biographies

Dr Darren Palmer (BA Hons, MA Criminological Studies, PhD) is the past convenor of the new major sequence in Criminology
in the BA. He has had many years teaching experience at La Trobe University (Law & Legal Studies)and Deakin University (Police Studies/Criminology). He has taught in a range of areas including criminal justice, criminal law, psychology and crime, policing, and criminology research methods. Current Research Projects Include:

  • evaluation of interventions addressing alcohol and violence in the night-time economy;
  • the use of 'new' technology in the night-time economy with an emphasis on ID scanners;
  • Australian Sudanese immigrants and their perceptions and experience of criminal justice;
  • rural and regional justice
Deakin University

Senior Lecuturer in Criminology and Member of the Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation researching discourses of power associated with legal authority, surveillance, policing, securitization and in domestic and transnational contexts.