PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences
Ashraf completed his LLB Hons under the University of London International Programme in 2012. The following year, he went on become a qualified Barrister of England and Wales as a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn. He completed his Bar Professional Training Course from Manchester Metropolitan University. Subsequently, he got enrolled as a advocate of Bangladesh and practiced as a lawyer in Bangladesh for a year before coming to the University of Nottingham in 2014 to commence his LLM specialising in International Commercial Law which he eventually passed with Distinction. Meanwhile, he also received accreditation as a Mediator from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London, UK.
Presently, he is studying for his PhD at the University of Nottingham focusing on the area of Public Procurement Law with full funding by way of the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International) and the School of Law Scholarship. His research is being supervised by Prof Sue Arrowsmith and Dr Ping Wang.
The focus of Ashraf's PhD is on the existing supplier review system under the public procurement laws of Bangladesh. Public procurement in Bangladesh is said to account for 70% of the annual… read more
The focus of Ashraf's PhD is on the existing supplier review system under the public procurement laws of Bangladesh. Public procurement in Bangladesh is said to account for 70% of the annual development budget. Consequently, it is vital that the funds are properly utilised by the procuring officials in accordance with the relevant rules. One of the ways this is ensured is through the supplier review process. His research's objectives are to critically analyse the current supplier review system of Bangladesh and then provide critique of these rules by drawing on the approaches taken under various international procurement-specific legal instruments, namely the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement 2011, World Trade Organisation's Revised Agreement on Government Procurement 2012, European Union Remedies Directive 2007/66/EC and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Non-Binding Principles on Government Procurement. The aim is to identify and evaluate options for improving the present Bangladeshi system by using the other legal regimes as examples of proper and acceptable practices.
It is envisaged that the findings of this research will be valuable in informing the policy makers and legislatures of the country about the defects encumbering the current process and the possible reforms that could be introduced to develop a system which is credible, effective and acceptable in the international community. The thesis might also have implications for the design of enforcement systems of other countries that are also currently having issues with underdeveloped procurement regimes.
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