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Paper on Collaborative Public Procurement: Intersection of Procurement Law and Competition Law by Sandeep Verma PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sandeep Verma   
Monday, 12 August 2013 13:05

Sandeep Verma, a PLAN member and public official from India, has published a draft working paper on collaborative public procurement in the context of joint purchasing actions by various government entities.

The author argues that while collaborative public procurement can, under certain circumstances, result in overall economic efficiencies; such collaboration amongst dominant market players can raise significant anti-trust and other competition concerns.

The short paper contains a preliminary exploration of important issues of intersection between public procurement rules on collaborative procurement on the one hand with competition law issues on the other; and the two important frameworks studied are the US and the EU frameworks on collaboration, together with a comparative review of the Indian position.

The paper can be accessed at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2308290.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 18:53
Call for Paper/Panel Proposals: IPPC 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Khi Thai   
Saturday, 27 July 2013 15:42

The 6th International Conference of Public Procurement (IPPC2014) will be hosted by the Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, August 14-16, 2014.


The 6th Conference aims at extending and deepening the topics of major interests that arose from the previous conferences (see www.ippa.org), by selecting theoretical, empirical, practical and institutional contributions on a variety of topics.


We welcome papers that focus on-but are not limited to:
• Public Procurement Policy
• Public Procurement as a Social/Economic Tool
• Lessons Learned
• Public Procurement and Transparency / Accountability
• Economics of Public Procurement
• Innovation and Public Procurement
• Small Business and Public Procurement
• Defence Procurement
• Sustainability and Public Procurement
• Public Procurement Governance
• Lessons learned (case studies).


We also welcome panel proposals for very current themes. The panel proposers are responsible for inviting experts in those specific themes. Each panel should have three papers, a panel chair and a discussant. For example, there will be a panel on public asset management: a comparative perspective (each panellist presents his/her country's asset management system). Proposals should include the themes and names of panellists and panellists' paper titles.


There are three best paper awards, with $3,000 for the 1st best paper, $2,000 for the 2nd best paper, and $1,000 for the 3rd best paper. In addition, there may be awards for students' and practitioners' best papers.


Proposals should be submitted electronically to www.ippc6.com before September 2, 2013. Full papers shall be submitted before February 3rd, 2014.

Nine selected papers will be published in two special issues of the Journal of Public Procurement and 20 selected papers will be published in an edited book. According to our IPPC tradition, copies of these publications will be ready for distributions at the conference. Moreover, all papers presented at the 6th IPPC will be posted at our IPPC website (www.ippa.org).


For information on the programme or the call for abstracts, please contact:
Professor Paul Davis, Dublin City University
Email: ippc6dublin@gmail.com

Global Revolution VI Paper on Defence Offsets Reform PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sandeep Verma   
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 06:27

Sandeep Verma, a PLAN member and a senior civil servant from India, presented a paper on defence offsets reform at the "Global Revolution VI", an international conference on public procurement organised by the Public Procurement Research Group, School of Law at the University of Nottingham in June 2013. The paper looks at design aspects of offset regulations from an integrity and effectiveness perspective, and suggests a way forward for enhancing these elements in offset policy design. It is available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2288312.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:14
Out now: PPLR, Issue 4, 2013 with articles on the review and remedies under the EU Defence Procurement Directive (Trybus) and contracting authorities' obligation to disclose the content of public contracts under EU law (Ginter, Parrest and Simovart) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin -   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 15:12

PPLR, Issue 4, 2013


Table of Contents


  • The hidden Remedies Directive: review and remedies under the EU Defence and Security Procurement Directive (Martin Trybus)
  • Access to the content of public procurement contracts: the case for a general EU-law duty of disclosure (Carri Ginter, Nele Parrest and Mari Ann Simovart)
  • European Commission proposals in relation to third country access to EU procurement markets (Rhodri Williams)
  • Farrans (Construction) Ltd v Glasgow City Council (Paul Henty)
  • AJ and another v The Borough Council of Calderdale (Laura Wisdom)
  • Clarity of tender requirements and errors in evaluation: Healthcare At Home Ltd v The Common Services Agency (Steven Brunning)
  • Contracting and judicial review: R. (on the application of A) v Chief Constable of B Constabulary (S H Bailey)
  • New procurement legislation for English Healthcare Bodies - The National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No.2) Regulations 2013 (Susie Smith, David Owens and Emily Heard)


Last Updated on Saturday, 29 June 2013 11:02
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