In this paper, I sketch the main mechanisms for the implementation of a 'core' human rights-orientated public procurement policy foreseen in the 2014 EU Public Procurement Package. I discuss the main constraints for the inclusion of human rights-related considerations in the procurement process through the following instruments: exclusion grounds; use of labels; award criteria; and contract performance requirements. I conclude by offering a skeptical view of the effectiveness of any of these mechanisms due to policy fuzziness and significant resource constraints, and query their desirability due to the implicit trade-offs they impose on the general effectiveness of the procurement function.
|Name||Law Research Papers|
|Publisher||University of Bristol Law School|