Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Local lecturer published in major Law Review

Truman Bodden Law School LLM Course Leader, Laura Panades' research is in the spotlight.

The European Public-Private Partnership Law Review, one of the top leading international journals on public-private partnerships, has published her study on competition in British Overseas Territories. The publication underwent a double-blind peer review.

Panades' research shows how to make public contracting more competitive. She argues that competition is a force for good. It dispels corruption and encourages local businesses to innovate. This makes sure that Cayman's public money is well spent.

Panades' research looks at publicity of laws, accessibility of open tenders, the publication of contract awards, local economic preferences and ethics in Government. The study utilized a scoring system to assess to British overseas territories, including Bermuda, the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands. Cayman received the best score.

An earlier version of this research was featured in the ‘Public Procurement: Global Revolution’ Conference. This is the leading event in the field. It took place at the University of Nottingham in June 2019.

According to Law School Director, Mitchell Davies, “This publication strengthens the research profile of the Truman Bodden Law School. Laura’s research provides a further opportunity for TBLS students to access first hand, cutting edge, internationally leading research.”

Findings contribute to the LLM in International Finance. The programme hosts a module on the Law of Public-Private Partnerships. In this course, students learn how global governments contract goods, works and services from the private sector.

Laura Panades, LLM course leader and author of the research, said, “This new publication engages with Cayman and its sister nations of the British Overseas Territories. This conversation will lead to improvements all across the Caribbean region.”

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