Veel contacten tussen de overheid aan de ene kant en burgers, bedrijven en maatschappelijk middenveld (“civil society”) aan de andere kant, monden uit in individuele afspraken. Wezenlijk voor dit soort afspraken is dat er een aspect van twee- of meerzijdigheid in zit. Dit consensuele aspect kan meer of minder uitdrukkelijk aanwezig zijn. Juist in een samenleving die door verschillende kabinetten als een “participatiesamenleving” wordt beschouwd, is het voor het recht van groot belang om die afspraken met de overheid, hoe ook genaamd, stevig op het netvlies te hebben.

 

Het opmerkelijke is evenwel dat zowel in het Nederlandse recht als in zeer veel buitenlandse rechtsstelsels het overheidscontract, de consensuele afspraak met de overheid bij uitstek, tussen de wal en het schip dreigt te vallen. Dit heeft te maken met de onduidelijke juridische positie van het overheidscontract, dat zich bevindt op het grensvlak van publiekrecht en privaatrecht.

 

Met het aangaan en uitvoeren van consensuele rechtsverhoudingen zijn zowel publieke als private belangen gemoeid. Het antwoord op de vraag of en in hoeverre de bij dergelijke rechtsverhoudingen betrokken actoren in staat zijn te ‘sturen’ op de verwezenlijking van deze belangen, hangt mede af van de kwaliteit van het juridische kader waarbinnen zij moeten opereren. Zo moeten de normen waarmee op de verwezenlijking van belangen wordt gestuurd, effectief zijn, rechtszekerheid bevorderen, innerlijk consistent zijn, op brede steun kunnen rekenen, voorspelbaar en praktisch hanteerbaar zijn.




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Pim Huisman attended the workshop of the international network Public Contracts in Legal Globalization (PCLG) in Lausanne on 10 may 2019. The topic of this workshop was ‘Concessions and similar instruments’. Huisman presented a study of 5 cases concerning the exploitation of casino’s, public transport, mining, advertising objects and of parking garages
 

➢ International expert meeting 'Optimising public interests by competitive tendering'
On Thursday 25 January (afternoon) and Friday 26 January 2018 (morning) a well-attended international expert meeting took place at VU University Amsterdam about 'Optimising Public Interests by Competitive Tendering'.

➢ CPC-delegation attended workshop network ‘Public Contracts in Legal Globalization’
A delegation of CPC – Chris Jansen, Pim Huisman, Frank van Ommeren and Sophie Prent – attended the annual workshop of the international network Public Contracts in Legal Globalization (PCLG) in Paris on 15 december 2017.

➢ CPC hosts international expert meeting at VU University Amsterdam about Competitive Tendering
On Thursday 25 Januari 2018 (afternoon) and Friday 26 January (morning) 2018 an international expert meeting will take place at VU University Amsterdam about 'Optimising Public Interests by Competitive Tendering'.


➢ CPC hosting Research Network Public Contracts in Legal Globalization

The Spring workshop of the Research Network Public Contracts in Legal Globalization (PCLG) will be hosted by CPC on 22 and 23 June 2017 at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. This workshop marks the launch of a new project of the Network: the impact of competitive tendering and its regulation on the formation and execution of public contracts and concessions.

➢ Masterclasses Public Procurement Law
As in previous years, VU Law Academy will organise in 2017 four masterclasses public procurement law (Masterclasses aanbestedingsrecht, only in Dutch) in close co-operation with CPC. These masterclasses will focus on topics that are currently under debate in public procurement practice. On May 17, the masterclass will be dedicated to ...

➢ IBR-chair Standardization and Conformity Assessment to CPC
The Dutch Institute for Construction Law (Instituut voor Bouwrecht, only in Dutch) provides the Law Faculty of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with € 25.000,- per annum for a period of five years, for the purpose of establishing a chair dedicated to Standardization and Conformity Assessment. This area is of great importance from the perspective of both administrative law in general and planning and construction law in particular...

➢ CPC contributes to government expert meeting on investigatory powers of municipal courts of audit
On December 5, 2016, CPC researchers Frank van Ommeren and Chris Jansen participated in an expert meeting organised by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. The meeting discussed whether municipal courts of audit have sufficient investigatory powers and whether legislation is needed as a means to deal with possible problems in this respect.

➢ Rianne Jacobs appointed professor of Legislation and Regulation
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has appointed Rianne Jacobs as honorary professor of Legislation and Regulation as of September 1, 2016. The Ministry of Security and Justice has helped establishing this endowed chair. Based on her experience as a legislation lawyer, Jacobs will investigate as CPC researcher issues regarding the transposition of public policy goals into legislation. Examples of such issues are: the implications of technological developments (digitalization) as well as Europeanization and globalization for legislation.

➢ University Research Chair granted to CPC researcher Jacobien Rutgers
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has appointed CPC researcher Jacobien Rutgers as full professor in the University Research Chair (URC) program as of January 1, 2017. VU University Research Chair (URC) is a selective and privileged appointment as full professor. The chair has been created to recognize ...

➢ International book project ‘Scarcity and the State’
CPC researcher Frank van Ommeren co-edited two books on the allocation of scarce public rights, in close co-operation with Paul Adriaanse (Leiden University), Willemien den Ouden (Leiden University) and Johan Wolswinkel ...

 

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