The Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen hereby announces two fully funded PhD positions (3 years) in public procurement law to commence in September 2021. The two positions are part of a broader overall research project aimed at analyzing the rules relating to Central Purchasing Bodies (CPB’s) and explore new ways of conducting competitive procurement procedures. The research project is funded by DFF (Sapere Aude – DFF-Starting-Grant and the Inge Lehmann programme).
The PhD scholarships are fully funded and salaried. PhD positions can commence in September 2021. The start date is negotiable.
The overall research project
Central purchasing bodies conduct procurement procedures on behalf of other contracting authorities. Aggregated procurement can lead to better prices and quality for contracting authorities and ultimately for the tax payers. However, this type of purchasing have often preferences for contracts with a single supplier in order to lower transaction costs, and this puts economic operators in a position in which they need to work together in order to be able to bid for the agreement – and such cooperation can be seen as an anticompetitive agreement (Art. 101 TFEU). Other potential negative effects of aggregation are linked to excessive concentration of purchasing power and collusion, as well as a reduction of market access opportunities for SMEs. The research project seeks to clarify the rules and analyze how competition can be ensured in the specific agreements as well as in the market. The project is divided into 4 work packages (WP1: CPB perspective, WP 2: Undertaking and market perspective, WP 3: User perspective, WP 4: Parallel agreements).
The research project is headed by associate professor Carina Risvig Hamer (PI) more information can be found on the website.
Please find the full description of the position and apply here: https://employment.ku.dk/phd
The closing date for applications is 20 April 2021, 23:59 GMT+1.