Public Procurement and Human Rights
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Research Unit on Public Procurement, Human Rights and Social Sustainability

 

States are required to respect, protect and fulfil human rights. These obligations stem from national law, for example national Constitutions, and from Regional and International law, for example the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) etc. Public procurement can be used as a vehicle to comply with these human rights obligations - for example by ensuring that governments' suppliers abide by HR standards throughout their supply chains.

Likewise, public procurement can be a tool in the hands of national, regional and local governments to deal with issues of social sustainability particularly in the context of difficult economic circumstances.

However, such instrumental use of public procurement has not been fully explored by governments yet and risks being subject to various legal and policy limitations. It is the examination and analysis of these tensions - at the national, European and International level - that forms the focus of the Research Unit on Public Procurement, Human Rights and Social Sustainability.

 

News

Annual Social Outcomes Conference

Description
Dr Aris Georgopoulos was invited to participate at the Annual Social Outcomes Conference organised by the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University (5-6 September 2019).
Date:
10 October 2019

Development Aid Procurement and the UNGPs on Business and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities to Move towards 'the New Frontier of Buying Justice"

Description
New topical publication by the Unit Co-Lead Professor Annamaria La Chimia.
Date:
01 June 2019

Professor Annamaria La Chimia invited to join University of Stellenbosch as Research Fellow

Description
We are delighted to announce the Unit co-lead Professor Annamaria La Chimia has been invited to join the University of Stellenbosch as Research Fellow, at the African Procurement Law Unit, Department of Mercantile Law, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Date:
01 April 2019

Annamaria La Chimia promoted to professor of Law and Development

Description
We are delighted to announce that our Unit co-lead Annamaria La Chimia has been promoted to professor of Law and Development with effect from 1 August 2019.
Date:
01 March 2019

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Public Procurement and Human Rights

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