As promised in previous posts, I am organising an event on the enforcement of labour standards in public procurement. Titled 'Public Procurement & Labour Standards–Reopening the Debate after RegioPost', it will take place at the University of Bristol Law School on 9 May 2016, as our celebration of Europe Day. Together with my colleagues, we have invited a panel of academics of the highest quality, including
- Prof Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law, University of Cambridge
- Ms Nina Boeger, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol Law School and Director of Centre for Law and Enterprise
- Dr Richard Craven, Lecturer in Law, University of Leicester
- Prof Anne Davies, Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Oxford
- Prof Michael Ford QC, Professor of Law University of Bristol Law School and Employment Silk of the Year 2015
- Dr Amy Ludlow, Lecturer in Law, University of Cambridge
- Prof Tonia Novitz, Professor of Labour Law University of Bristol Law School
- Dr Lisa Rodgers, Lecturer in Law, University of Leicester
- Dr Albert Sanchez-Graells, Senior Lecturer in Law University of Bristol Law School
- Ms Abby Semple, University of London/Birkbeck College & PriceWaterhouseCoopers
- Dr Phil Syrpis, Reader in Law University of Bristol Law School
Ultimately, the event aims to take stock of the recent developments resulting from the adoption of Directive 2014/24 and the Judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Bundesdruckerei and RegioPost. Beyond getting to grips with legal updates, we aim to assess them, both from an EU and domestic UK law perspective. In particular, the event aims to invite leading academics to answer the following questions:
- How does the revised approach to the enforcement of labour standards in public procurement fit within the EU constitutional and internal market framework?
- What are the limits of the enforcement of labour standards under the new EU public procurement rules and, in particular, under Art 70 of Directive 2014/24? How do the CJEU Judgments in Bundesdruckerei and RegioPost affect the interpretation of the provision?
- What are the implications of these developments in the broader context of EU labour law? How does this relate to the implementation of the Posted Workers Enforcement Directive?
- What are the implications of these developments in the specific context of UK law? How can they impact on the interpretation and effectiveness of the Social Value Act 2012? How do they affect the design of procurements covered by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015?
I hope you can join us and contribute to these important debates. Please register for free here.