Charles Nemeth

Charles Nemeth

Department Chair/Professor
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Ph.D.-  Duquesne University  (1999, Philosophy)

LL.M - George Washington University (1986, Law, Psychiatry and Criminology)

JD   -  University of Baltimore (1977, Law)

M.A. -   Duquesne University (1997, Philosophy)

 M.S. -   Niagara University (1982, Education)

 B.A. -   University of Delaware (1972, History and Social Science Education)



Dr. Charles P. Nemeth has spent the vast majority of his professional life in the study and practice of law and justice.  He is a recognized expert on professional ethics and the justice system, private-sector justice and private security systems. Presently he is Chair and Professor of Security, Fire and Emergency Management and Director of the Center of Private Security and Safety at John Jay College in New York City.  He is a prolific writer, having published numerous texts and articles on law and justice throughout his impressive career. His text, Private Security and the Law 4th- (Elsevier, 2012) is considered the foremost treatise on the subject matter. A 5th edition has been published by Taylor/Francis, 2018.  His private security expertise is further buttressed by: Private Security and Investigative Process 4th edition (CRC Press, 2019); Criminal Law 2nd (CRC Press, 2012) and Law and Evidence 2nd (Jones and Bartlett, 2010). In the area of Homeland Security, he has published Introduction to Homeland Security: Practices and Principles 3rd edition (CRC Press, 2010, 2014, 2017).He has also authored a series of philosophical works on Thomas Aquinas including:  Aquinas on Crime (St. Augustine’s Press, 2010); Aquinas in the Courtroom (Praeger/Greenwood Press, 2001); Aquinas and King: A Discourse on Civil Disobedience (Carolina Academic Press, 2011) and Cicero and Aquinas: A Comparative Study of Nature and the Natural Law (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018). He has also served as Chief Editor to a peer reviewed journal- The Homeland Security Review since 2005 and currently serves as Chief Editor for the Law, Ethics and Jurisprudence series to be published by Anthem Press. He has been an educator for more than 40 years. He holds memberships in the New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania Bars. Dr. Nemeth was previously a Chair at the State University of New York at Brockport and California University of PA- one of Pennsylvania's 14 State Universities.  He is a much-sought-after legal consultant for security companies and a recognized scholar on issues involving law, professional ethics and morrality and the impact of privatization on public justice models.

Dr. Nemeth resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his spouse, Jean Marie, together for 48 years and blessed with seven children all of whom are accomplished personally and professionally.

JJC Affiliations

Security Management, Emergency Management, Fire Science, Protection Management, Minors in Cybercrime and Homeland Security, Director of the Center for Private Security and Safety

Professional Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association
New York Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association
American Society for Industrial Security
Association of Catholic Social Sciences
National Association of Scholars

Course Taught

Private Security and the Law

Special Topics in Security Management

Faculty Mentored Research

Scholarly Work


Private Security:  Practices and Principles (New York:  Taylor Francis, CRC Press, 2018)

Private Security and the Investigative Process, 4th (New York: Taylor Francis, CRC Press, 2019)

Homeland Security: Practices and Principles, 3rd (New Uork: Taylor Francis, CRC Press, 2018)

Private Security and the Law, 5th (New York:  Taylor Francis, CRC Press, 2018).

Cicero and Aquinas:  A Comparative Study of Nature and the Natural Law (London:  Bloomsbury Press, 2017)


Research Summary

The research plan takes on three main threads:  first criminal law and criminal process analysis; second, the role and function of private sector justice and the entoire privatization movement in the delivery of justice services, and thirdly critical analysis of the role morality and virtue need play in a just system.

The scope of my research extends into the realim of application and critical inquiry.  By way of example most who encounter my work on homeland security are struck by my willingness to critique and suggest room for improvement of these services,  Similarly, my work advances the concept of privatized justice services including but not limited to private police and investigative functions, private courts and prison settings and how private technology companies drive the marketplace by sheer innovation and suffering under less regulatory oversight.  

in the case of morality and virtue, my research also looks at how to evaluate the conduct of lawyers and judges in light of tradition moral philosophy and in a way, how the system needs to return to these base considerations about waht is just and what is right. Hence, my research gazes upon the moral philosophy of Aquinas and Aristotle- and seeks to promote their relevance in a system often criticized for its performance.

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Civil Rights & Liberties
Constitutional Law
Criminal Justice / Crime Prevention & Reduction
Law Enforcement / Policing / Police-Community Relations
Stop and Frisk

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

A recognized expert on ethics and the legal system, appellate legal practice, private-sector justice, law and morality. Special expertise pertains the privitization movement in the delivery of justice services.


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