Public-Private Partnerships: Award, Performance, and Remedies

Catherine Donnelly

in International Investment Law and Comparative Public Law

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589104
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595455 | DOI:
Public-Private Partnerships: Award, Performance, and Remedies

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Relying on a comparison of the United Kingdom, the United, the EU, and France, this chapter considers whether, and to what extent, there are common approaches in the policies and practices across jurisdictions regarding public-private partnerships (PPPs). The aim is to refine formulations of such principles of international investment law, as fair and equitable treatment of the investor, transparency, legitimate expectations, proportionality, and due process as they apply to PPPs. It is argued that advertising, competition, and a qualified lowest price award criterion promote transparency. While legitimate expectations are protected, the principle is curtailed by the governmental desire to preserve flexibility, increasing periodic review, and the overriding importance of legality of public contracting. Due process is promoted by provision for remedies in the event of violation of award procedures or the contract itself; while proportionality requires that contractors not be penalized excessively for contractual breaches.

Keywords: public-private partnerships; EU; United States; France; United Kingdom; fair and equitable treatment; transparency; legitimate expectations; proportionality; due process

Chapter.  13266 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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