The Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies

Bangor Law School is home to the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS), led by Professor Dermot Cahill.

The Institute specialises in evidence-based research into the behavioural responses of public institutions and their suppliers to public procurement policies, laws and practices. Visit the ICPS's website here.

The Institute's staff hail from several different countries, including England, Wales, Ireland, Nigeria, Portugal, and Spain. With various disciplinary backgrounds, the Institute’s staff work in the following fields:

  • Competition Law
  • Public Procurement Law
  • European Union Law
  • Sustainable Procurement
  • Competitive Dialogue
  • Competency Frameworks
  • Low Value Procurement
  • SME Procurement Barriers
  • E-procurement
  • Procurement Innovation
  • Procurement Risk
  • Bid Rigging
  • Economic Analysis
  • Re-engineering Procurement Processes
  • Judicial Review
  • Contract Design

The team co-wrote the highly influential “Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Report” in 2009, which has led the Welsh Government to redesign the pre-qualification questionnaire process. The Barriers Report has been welcomed by purchasers and suppliers, and is enabling public purchasers to adopt new business-friendly practices to Pre-Qualification design in Wales and beyond. Other recommendations in the Barriers Report have also had major impacts on public policy such as the creation of a Supplier Qualification Information Database (SQuID), which the Value Wales (Procurement) arm of the Welsh Government is carrying forward.

The Institute’s research approach is open facing and draws great strength from its ability to engage with, and positively influence, major public procurement stakeholders, whether purchasers or suppliers. Consequently, the work of the Institute is keenly observed by leading players, and the Institute receives excellent cooperation when carrying out projects.

LLM Degrees in Public Procurement Law

As a major international research centre in relation to the operation of national and European law and policies on public procurement law, Bangor University Law School offers two LLM programmes in this area:

A strategic element of these programmes is the presentation of learning from the perspectives of both the public procurement function and private sector supplier organisations, to help advance understanding of the complex issues organisations involved in public sector tendering face, and to develop more creative legally compliant public procurement solutions.

Employment opportunities for graduates of the programmes include opportunities with public and private sector organisations (all of which have a procurement function); law firms; research centres; international organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organisation and European Union; and Social and Environment Rights Groups, many of which see procurement as a way of advancing social and environmental agendas. Candidates who are already working will develop expertise on procurement law issues which would advance their career prospects and upgrade their skills in this extremely complex and rapidly changing area of law.