Sustainable Public Procurement of Infrastructure and Human Rights: Beyond Building Green

ISBN: 978 1 80220 
Publication date: March 2023 
Price: £85.50 
 256 pp pp 
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing 

Series: Corporations, Globalisation and the Law series 

Co-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 Treviño-Lozano, Early Stage Researcher of Sapiens Network, PhD candidate, University of Greenwich, UK.

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.


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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