International expert meeting 'Optimising public interests by competitive tendering'
On Thursday 25 January 2018 (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'. This meeting was a follow up of the 'Scarcity and the State I and II' project. There were keynote presentations by professor Sue Arrowsmith (Nottingham) on government procurement, professor Jacobine van den Brink (Maastricht) on financial grants, professor Roberto Caranta (Turin) on government sales and professor Ferdinand Wollenschläger (Ausburg) on limited licences. On behalf of CPC professors Rianne Jacobs, Chris Jansen and Frank van Ommeren had a major input. During a subsequent national congress on the same topic on Friday 26 January 2018 (afternoon) professor Sue Arrowsmith also gave a keynote presentation.

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. Chris Jansen presented his draft questionnaire for the Dutch/Spanish project on the ‘Impact of competetive tendering on the execution of public contracts and concessions’.

International expert meeting at VU University Amsterdam about Competitive Tendering

On Thursday 25 January 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’. This meeting is a follow up of the ‘Scarcity and the State I and II’ project. The purpose of the expert meeting is to get a better insight in the various public interests or policy goals on which competitive tendering of various types of limited rights is focussed, the function of the tendering procedure, what legal instruments are applied (and how) to pursue the interests and goals, and of course the judicial and extra-judicial protection. This should result in new building blocks to a more consistent and general legal theory on the allocation of limited rights by administrative authorities.

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. The project is linked to current research of CPC and will be co-ordinated by researchers of CPC in close co-operation with the University of Vigo.

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 public procurement of social and other specific services, as a result of decentralization within Dutch government. The masterclass of June 21 will discuss the concept of Best Value Procurement (BVP) in public procurement law perspective. The topics of the masterclasses of September 21 and December 6 are still to be decided.

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. The research of the chair holder will be posted at the CPC and is particularly linked to the topic of distribution of responsibilities on the market .

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. The expert meeting was based in part on previous CPC research commissioned by the municipalities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

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 and reward outstanding scholars currently at the rank equivalent to associate professor who are acknowledged by their peers as upcoming leaders in their research field.

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 (Tilburg University: ‘Scarcity and the State’ I and II (Intersentia 2016). Several academics affiliated at multiple universities in the EU contributed to this research project. The books are published in the Ius Commune Europaeum – European and comparative law – series.