Interested in Socially Sustainable Public Procurement? Event Coming Very Soon!

University of Leicester will be hosting an event, sponsored by the Procurement Lawyers’ Association and the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, on social justice and public procurement.

Socially Sustainable Public Procurement will be held on Thursday February 16th and is open to all interested in hearing about and discussing social justice and public procurement law, policy and practice, including supply chains and human rights, social value and labour objectives and the EU procurement directives. (There is a nominal charge to secure a seat.)

The agenda for the day looks like this, with a line-up of expert speakers, including:

Professor Sue Arrowsmith, Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy, University of Nottingham, who will kick off the proceedings.

PANEL 1 -- Procurement and fundamental labour rights, will be discussed by Dr Lydia Hayes, Lecturer, Cardiff University and Dr Annamaria La Chimia & Dr Aris Georgopoulos, both University of Nottingham.

PANEL 2 -- Social Value, Ms Natalie Evans, Responsible Procurement Manager, City of London and Mr Matthew Jackson, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).

PANEL 3 -- Procurement and labour objectives, Dr Albert Sanchez Graells, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol (whose thoughts we have featured on our site, on Re-Imagining Public Procurement and Will Public Collaborative Procurement Bodies Survive?) and Dr Eleanor Aspey, Lecturer, University of Manchester and Dr Richard Craven, Lecturer, University of Leicester.

More details on the event can be found here.

And any questions can be directed at

This is quite short notice, but you can still secure a place by booking here.

Peter Smith aims to attend, so we will be bringing you coverage of the discussions with a bit of Spend Matters insight thrown in.


Venue: University of Leicester, College Court, Knighton Road, Leicester LE2 3UF

Time: 9am to 5pm (9am is arrival and registration)

Pricing: Public sector and academics £25 / Public sector and academic Procurement Lawyers Association members £10 / Private sector Procurement Lawyers Association members £30 / Private sector £40

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