Staff Profile of Prof Dermot Cahill

Dermott Cahill
Prof Dermot Cahill
ICPS Chairman
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Chairman, Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies, Bangor University, Wales

Professor Dermot Cahill holds the Chair in Commercial Law at Bangor University. A graduate of the College of Europe, Professor Cahill is the Chairman of the Bangor Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS). The ICPS specialises in evidence-based research into the behavioural responses of public institutions and their suppliers to public procurement policies, laws and practices. At the ICPS, Professor Cahill’s multinational, interdisciplinary team has conducted several innovative public procurement projects in recent times.

Professor Cahill’s early work started with TenderWise, focusing on how public bodies can take effective steps to increase small indigenous suppliers (SISs) engagement with public procurement. Professor Cahill’s latest projects include an assessment of the quality of procurement feedback processes; the feasibility of a ‘quick-decision’ Procurement Ombudsman;  and he leads the €3.7m European Union INTERREG-funded “Winning in Tendering” collaboration between the ICPS, Dublin City University and the Irish Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management. 

Winning in Tendering is a major project, examining the impact of the Remedies Directive on purchasers' behaviour; the feasibility of Low Value Procurement; and the development of a Procurer Competency Framework sensitive to SIS and SME vulnerabilities in areas such as eprocurement. Winning in Tendering also examines how to develop a diagnostic toolkit to allow SMEs's self-assess their tender-readiness, and is well advanced in providing an intensive Tender Review Service to SMEs and Third Sector organisations.  It is anticipated that many of the insights and outputs from the Winning in Tendering project will be readily transferable to other European countries.

Professor Cahill’s most recent major research grant award was €450,000 for the TESLA project (2012), an international 7 partner collaboration involving partners in Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland, researching design and cross sectoral business concepts that can have transnational application for high performance start-ups (HPSU’s) in the European Union. Professor Cahill will collaborate with researchers from the University of Tilburg Law School and the Phillips Eindhoven campus, to use existing principles to develop procurement design-penetrators that will enhance the capability of HPSU’s to access procurement markets.
Professor’s Cahill co-authored the Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Report (with Clifford and Ringwald), which has now been adopted as Government policy by the Welsh Government in 2011. Its recommendations are currently being carried forward by the Welsh Government’s Value Wales division. 

A major feature of the ICPS annual calendar is Procurement Week, a major 5 day event which Bangor University hosts each year in March. This year it is attracting speakers from the European Commission, Russia’s Anti-Monopoly Regulator, Canada’s Procurement Ombudsman, Sweden’s Competition Authority, Danish Procurement Complaints Board, National Procurement Services from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as a host of leading procurement lawyers and judges, academic speakers from as far away as the USA, South Africa and India, and leading procurement innovators from around the world, including John McClelland CBE, whose reports on Scottish and Welsh procurement have led to considerable changes to government approaches to public procurement.

Regularly consulted by Governments, political parties, public bodies and business organisations on public procurement law and process issues, Professor Cahill is either author or editor of several EU Law books including The Modernisation of European Union Competition Law (Ed., Cambridge University Press, 2004) and European Law (co-author, Oxford University Press, 5th ed., 2011), Professor Cahill specialises in the Laws of the EU Internal Market and his recent published work has focused on the interplay between EU State Aid, Public Procurement and Competition rules (European Business Law Review).