International Financial Institutions

The Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG) at University of Nottingham, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights lead the Learning Lab’s research on human rights considerations in the procurement processes of international financial institutions. Annamaria La Chimia, PPRG and Claire Methven O’Brien, DIHR, lead the work on this topic. Her biography, as well as reports and resources related to the procurement practices of international financial institutions are available below.

Reports and Resources

The international financial institutions hub is currently researching and writing a report that will provide examples of good practice in relation to human rights considerations in the procurement practices of international financial institutions. This report and other international financial institution focused resources will be uploaded here once they are available.

International Financial Institution Hub Leader Bio

Associate Professor, Head of Humanitarian and Development Procurement Unit of the Public Procurement Research Group, School of Law, University of Nottinghamuniversity_of_nottingham

Dr. La Chimia obtained a First Class Degree in Law from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” an LL.M. in International Commercial Law and a Ph.D from the University of Nottingham, School of Law. She is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor in Italy since 2002 where she became a member of the Italian Bar. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and the head (and founder) of the Humanitarian and Development Procurement Unit of the Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG). Dr. La Chimia has taught at a range of international institutions, and her main research interests lie within the area of Public Procurement Law, Aid Effectiveness and institutional reforms, Corruption, International Development, International Trade Law, and European Law. She has extensive knowledge of EU internal and external procurement policies and has conducted extensive research on US aid procurement policies. Dr. La Chimia has also been published in many international and European law reviews and edited collections.

Strategic Adviser on Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human RightsDIHR logo

Claire Methven O’Brien is Strategic Adviser on Human Rights and Business at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI). In this role, Claire provides expert advice to multinational corporations, international financial institutions, governments, international, regional, and civil society organisations on measures to support respect for human rights in the business context, including in the area of procurement and supply chain management. Claire has provided technical support and training on human rights to International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management, the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association, and the International Standards Organisation ISO20400 Program Committee. She is a Member of the Sustainable Public Procurement Working Group of UNEP’s 10 YFP on Sustainable Production and Consumption. Claire holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute in Florence, and other degrees from the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics and City University, London. She has been called to the London Bar.