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The Cayman Islands New Public Procurement Legal Framework journal article

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Laura Panadès-Estruch

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 14 (2019), Issue 2, Page 79 - 86

The Cayman Islands is better known as an offshore jurisdiction and a tourist destination. In contrast, this article explores commercial government policy through the lens of public procurement. May 2018 established a legal framework and the institutional set-up was finalised in December. In response, this timely assessment of current legal developments formulates recommendations to strengthen the position of the public sector in procurement. It argues that the government is at risk of breaching its own legal obligations in the new regulatory framework, despite making some progress towards modern standards of enhanced value for money, accountability and transparency. Three urgent issues are identified: fine-tuning the publicity regime; curtailing the scope of direct awards; and reinforcing ethics in government. The critical perspective of the article will interest academics, policy-makers and practitioners alike.


An Examination of the Legal Framework for Public Procurement in Nigeria journal article

Uche Nnawulezi

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 13 (2018), Issue 4, Page 338 - 343

This paper examines the legal framework for public procurement in Nigeria. Basically, the paper examines the applicable legislative framework to public procurement in Nigeria by looking at other statutes containing provisions that, though not specifically focused on public purchase, nevertheless very important to the way government goes about its fiduciary relationship and responsibility in public purchase and acquisition. Consequently, there has been a plethora of constitutional, statutory and administrative provisions, regulations and standards that must be adhered to in public procurement. Aside the above provisions, this paper notes that public procurement is not an item for legislation under the executive and concurrent lists. This paper relied on documentary evidence and hence scooped many secondary sources including research reports emanating from public procurement. More importantly, necessary recommendations are made. The paper concludes that the essence of enacting public procurement law is to ensure the establishment of a regulatory authority, responsible for harmonizing government policies on procurement in Nigeria. Keywords: Public Procurement; Legal Framework; Nigeria; Regulatory Authority.


Is Joint Cross-Border Public Procurement Legally Feasible or Simply Commercially Tolerated? journal article

A Critical Assessment of the BBG-SKI JCBPP Feasibility Study

Albert Sánchez-Graells

European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, Volume 12 (2017), Issue 2, Page 97 - 111

This paper provides a critical assessment of the “Feasibility study concerning the actual implementation of a joint cross-border procurement procedure by public buyers from different Member States” prepared by Bundesbeschaffung GmbH and Statens og Kommunernes Indkøbs Service A/S (BBG-SKI) for the European Commission. The paper submits that the study provides some interesting data and details about relevant case studies, but that it does not shed significant light on the doubts created by the rules on joint cross-border public procurement (JCBPP) in the 2014 EU Public Procurement Package, and that the main weakness of the study is its lack of a general legal analytical framework. In order to gain additional legal insights on the basis of the empirical data included in the BBG-SKI study, this paper proposes an analytical framework under which the legal compliance of JCBPP structures is assessed. It then summarises each of the case studies included in the BBG-SKI study and offers a critical (re)assessment of the issues that would have required more information and/or which are insufficiently analysed in the BBG-SKI study. Based on this reorganised empirical evidence, the paper proceeds to a critical assessment of some of the outstanding legal barriers and challenges to JCBPP. It concludes by stressing some of the remaining uncertainties concerning legal development at Member State level, and calls on the European Commission to facilitate more detailed research leading to the adoption of future guidance on JCBPP under the 2014 EU Public Procurement Directives. Keywords: Joint Procurement; Collaborative Procurement; Centralised Purchasing Bodies; Joint Entities; Legal Framework; Choice of Law; Conflict of Laws.

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