Contracting with the government, particularly if this involves the outsourcing of public tasks, is one of the main research themes of CPC. Public contracts, concessions, etcetera involve a large amount of public money and are important instruments as regards the fulfilment of public and private tasks by the government.
Many contacts of the government result in contracts or mutual agreements, instead of unilateral decisions. In many legal systems, so it seems, these public contracts are paid insufficient attention to. This is caused by the fact that their legal position is rather unclear, particularly from the perspective of the distinction between public and private law. It is very important to shed a bright light on the use of the public contracts from a law and governance perspective. Legal rules that govern public contracts should be effective and foster legal certainties. At the same time they need to be right to the point and easy to handle.