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Sustainable Public Procurement of Infrastructure and Human Rights

Beyond Building Green

9781802205503 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Olga Martin-Ortega, Professor of International Law and Director of the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE), School of Law, University of Greenwich and Laura Trevino Lozano, Early Stage Researcher of Sapiens Network, PhD candidate, University of Greenwich, UK
Publication Date: March 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 550 3 Extent: c 256 pp
This innovative book addresses the links between sustainability and human rights in the context of infrastructure projects and uncovers the human rights gap in every stage of public procurement processes to deliver on infrastructure assets or services.

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This innovative book addresses the links between sustainability and human rights in the context of infrastructure projects and uncovers the human rights gap in every stage of public procurement processes to deliver on infrastructure assets or services.

Bringing together contributions from leading scholars and legal practitioners, this comprehensive book addresses a gap in the literature on the role of human rights within highly complex contracts, such as public-private partnerships (PPPs), in infrastructure development. Chapters analyse key human rights issues across the life cycle of projects using case studies that investigate communities, service users and workers in public procurement supply chains as human rights holders. Further, it explores the issues facing women as different role-players – namely as workers, service users, decision-makers and government suppliers. Case studies include procurement of healthcare infrastructure and megasporting events. The editors also propose solutions and new ways forward in the advancement of the sustainable public procurement agenda, both for developed and developing countries, to deliver infrastructure that brings social return without harming human rights.

Developing more inclusive approaches to infrastructure that address rightsholders and stakeholders – including communities, workers, service users, and particularly women – this book will be a thought-provoking resource for scholars and students, as well as for human rights lawyers, advocates and policy makers alike.

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‘The book Sustainable Public Procurement of Infrastructure and Human Rights: Beyond Building Green, edited by Olga Martin-Ortega and Laura Treviño Lozano is a comprehensive and well-written compilation on a very important issue that has not received significant academic attention. The book considers the importance of sustainability in infrastructure procurement from a wide range of perspectives, examining the gaps in sustainable procurement, the different modalities of infrastructure procurement, different sectors (economic infrastructure, sports and health), and the human rights risks inherent in infrastructure procurement. The book in particular, considers the involvement of the private sector and donors in the provision of infrastructure, highlighting how the private sector and donor inputs can be harnessed to improve the sustainability and mitigate human rights risks in infrastructure procurement. The book considers practical ways to mitigate human rights risks in infrastructure procurement, focusing on risk assessment, a gendered analysis and a developmental perspective. In the context of Covid-19 recovery and meeting the Sustainable development goals, the book could not be more timely, needed and welcome.’
– Sope Williams, University of Nottingham, UK
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Contributors include: Cristina Contreras Casado, Ama Eyo, Daniela Heerdt,  Johanna Hoekstra, Josua Loots, Olga Martin-Ortega, Miriam Mbah,  George Nwangwu, Geo Quinot, William Rook, Annabel Short, Laura Treviño-Lozano, Luis Felipe Yanes
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