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Past Global Revolution Conferences

For over 20 years the Public Procurement Research Group of the School of Law has hosted the major international conference in this field and the 9th in the series, which took place in 2019 brought together, as always, the world's leading academics for a dialogue with national regulators and procurement practitioners, and representatives from national and international institutions such as the Cabinet Office and UK Government Departments, the European Commission, OECD, the WTO, UNCITRAL, the World Bank and other multilateral development banks. With almost 40 workshops over the two days, the event featured 130 speakers and more than 300 participants from all parts of the globe from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Professor Sue Arrowsmith opens the conference, with keynote speaker Carl Baudenbacher
Professor Sue Arrowsmith opens the conference with keynote speaker Carl Baudenbacher

Plenary session, Day 1 of the conference, with keynote speaker Carl Baudenbacher and presentations from the World Trade Organization, OCED, United Nations, Cabinet Office, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and Procurement Lawyers Association
Plenary session Day 1 of the conference with keynote speaker Carl Baudenbacher 

The Public Procurement Research Group, School of Law
The Public Procurement Research Group School of Law

Speakers and delegates at Public Procurement Global Revolution IX
Speaker and delegates at Public Procurment Global Revolution IX

In 2017, the PPRG celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Public Procurement: Global Revolution conference series. The largest event yet and sponsored again by Achilles, the conference saw several hundred delegates and speakers from academia, international organisations, government and industry gather at the East Midlands Conference Centre on campus, from 51 countries as far away as Argentina, Mongolia and New Zealand.

The key note presentation was delivered by Professor Steven J. Kelman, Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard Kennedy School, who reflected on the state and development of procurement reform, while other plenary session speakers provided further perspectives on the last 20 years of regulation. Four parallel streams of workshops covered topics such as Brexit (obviously), modification and termination of contracts, abnormally low tenders, electronic procurement in action, and human rights and procurement.

Official collaborators in putting on the event included the World Trade Organization, African Public Procurement Research Unit (Stellenbosch), Procurement Lawyers Association, Centre for Procurement and PPP (Lodz), University of Tartu, Stockholm University, University of Lagos, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Catolica Research Centre for the Future of Law (Lisbon) and University of Durham.

We were delighted to see friends who were with us for the very first conference, and continued to forge new relationships and friendships, including with some of our new collaborators.

You can view details of our past conferences by clicking on the links below:


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