The Centre for Public Contract Law & Governance is an expert centre of Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. It focuses on government contracts, public procurement, distributing scarcity, public-private legal relationships, semi-public entities, and distribution of responsibilities on the market.
The research particularly concerns the allocation by the government of individual rights such as licences, concessions, contracts, and subsidies. It involves:
• the manner in which the government organizes such allocation of rights;
• the various roles which the government combines with each other in that respect (allocator, regulator);
• the involvement of semi-public entities or private market parties in the allocation.
The following examples that are taken from practice are illustrative for the research of CPC:
• the recent auction of the 4G spectrum for mobile phones;
• the much debated exploitation by Dutch Rail (NS) of the HSL concession, in connection with the failed procurement of the Fyra train;
• the reconsideration of the procurement and subsidization of social and other specific services, as a result of decentralization within Dutch government;
• the problematic procurement of ICT and other government projects by means of tendering procedures;
• the allocation of research grants by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
The CPC performs its research activities particularly from a law and regulation perspective. We undertake both fundamental academic research as well as research and consultancy commissioned by legal practice. Our clients come from the government as well as legal practice.
➢ Research and consultancy for external clients
➢ Co-operation and networks