September 17, 2021

Cayman Islands lecturer’s research on public procurement attracts interest of leading journal

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TRUMAN BODDEN LAW SCHOOL LLM Course Leader Laura Panades has been appointed as country correspondent for the Cayman Islands for a leading academic journal.

The European Procurement & Public-Private Partnerships Law Review (EPPPL) is a top ranked academic journal, highly commended for the quality of its publications. It attracts contributions from the most reputed academics and practitioners working in public procurement.

As country correspondent, Panades will be responsible for reporting regularly on Cayman’s public procurement development.

She will also be involved in the peer-review of other academics’ submissions to the journal before they can be published.

The appointment follows Panades’ publication of three reports on Public Procurement and Public-Private Partnerships in Cayman in EPPPL.

Public procurement regulates the purchase of goods, works and services by the public sector. In the Cayman Islands, it represents 27% of the public budget (data for 2016).

Public-private partnerships are contracts where the public and the private sector jointly provide public goods, works or services in the long term and cooperate at several stages of the project.

Her research tackles the legislative developments in Cayman and pinpoints a few areas where further enquiry is needed.

This research will feed into the new LLM in ‘International Finance: Law and Regulation’ at the Truman Bodden Law School, which includes a course on the law of public-private partnerships.

The journal is available on line under subscription. Paper copies of Ms Panades’ article are available at the Law School’s library on request.

Laura Panades, LLM course leader and author of the research, said:
“The articles highlight Cayman’s achievements in public procurement.
“This is a very important area of Government business, both in terms of the impact on Cayman’s citizens, as well as to ensuring that Cayman’s money is well spent.
“These articles put Cayman Islands in the academic spotlight, for further discussion and improvement through dialogue.”

Mitchell Davies, Law School Director, said:
“These publications give further international recognition to the Law School’s legal research output.
“This is further evidence that the Law School staff provide first rate legal education on island, with delivery from tutors having a growing international reputation.”

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