Public Procurement and Human Rights
human rights

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

Dr Aris Georgopoulos leading a team of procurement experts

Description
Dr Aris Georgopoulos is leading the team of procurement experts of a collaborative project (consortium with the University of Sheffield and the tech start-up Vamstar) funded by Innovate UK.
Date:
07 May 2021

Dr Aris Georgopoulos is the academic lead of a consortium

Description
Dr Aris Georgopoulos is the academic lead of a consortium, funded by Innovate UK.
Date:
17 December 2020

Congratulations to HRLC member Professor Annamaria LaChimia, who was awarded British Academy funding for a project on Sustainable Food Procurement for Schools

Description
HRLC member Professor LaChimia will work in collaboration with colleagues from the University La Sapienza di Rome.
Date:
05 May 2020

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

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