Book presentation with Dr. Elisabetta Morlino: The Power of the Purse: Procurement by International Organizations


International organizations are there to foster social and economic objectives. It might be as critical as supplying food aid in emergency situations, it might be as simple as ensuring that a letter is delivered. Procurement whether of goods, services or works is a key instrument in the realization, or impediment, of these goals. There is not a single international organization, big or small, that can avoid some degree of procurement. Despite the economic and strategic importance of international organizations’ procurement, as well as the significant implications for the debate on global governance, the phenomenon has never been explored. How do international organizations procure goods, services and works? What is the regulatory architecture governing the procurement practice and how these rules differ from the practice? What is the economic and political dynamics underlying procurement? What are political and economic interests that shape the law and practice of international organizations’ procurement and, ultimately, the rights of individuals affected by international organizations? Are international organizations accountable when carrying out their procurement activity? These are some of the questions the presentation will seek to address based on an extensive study which resulted in the book Procurement by International Organizations. A Global Administrative Law Perspective (CUP, 2019 and 2022).



Elisabetta Morlino is Associate Professor of Administrative and Environmental Law at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples (Italy) and adjunct professor at the University of SciencePo in Paris and at the Université Catholique de Lille. Previously she has been Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice of the New York University  School of Law and visiting research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Legal Studies at New York University School of Law, as Hugo Grotius Scholar, and a Ph.D. in Global Law from the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (now Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy). She has been awarded the ICONS Book Prize 2020 by the International Society of Public Law for the book Procurement by International Organizations. A Global Administrative Law Perspective (CUP, 2019 and 2022). She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law and member of the Editorial Board of the International Organizations Law Review. Prior to joining academia, she has been working for the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome and, as an extern, for the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York.



  • September 13, 2022, 17:45 (Nur-Sultan time)


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