Advanced Diploma in Public Procurement Law

(Course now available via blended learning from 2016)

While the European Union (“EU”) public procurement regime has long been in place, it has received greater prominence in recent years, in particular, following the introduction of the new remedies regime in 2010, and the possibility of an automatic suspension of contract conclusion following a challenge. Public purchasing is also central to the internal market and the EU procurement rules have been reformed, with three new directives adopted in 2014, which were implemented by Ireland in May 2016. There is a significant volume of Court of Justice case law in this area, as well as an expanding national jurisprudence. It is an important and fast–moving area of law.   

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

This unique Diploma will provide participants with a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the public procurement regime, including the recent amendments, and will address a range of issues in depth, from drafting invitations to tender, to conducting the various procurement processes, selection of tenderers, tender evaluation, contract conclusion and procurement litigation. Participants will also acquire an understanding of how procurement can be used to achieve innovation and promote government policies. Participants will have a thorough grounding in the differences between the utilities and public sector regimes, and the intersection between procurement law and competition, state aid and intellectual property.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Public Procurement Law (Attendance in person compulsory)
  • Scope of Public Procurement Rules (Attendance in person compulsory)
  • Procedures, Contracts and Drafting the Tender Documentation
  • Conducting a Lawful Process
  • Intersections between Public Procurement, Competition Law and the State Aid
  • Innovation in Public Procurement and Intellectual Property
  • Public Procurement and Secondary Policies
  • Contract Conclusion
  • Procurement in the Utilities Sector
  • Understanding the New Directives
  • Sub–Threshold Contracts
  • Reason–Giving in Public Procurement
  • Public Procurement Litigation
  • Public Procurement: A View from the Bench (Attendance in person compulsory)
  • Seminar: Practical Problems in Public Procurement (Attendance in person compulsory)

Course Delivery

Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures and seminars, presented by leading practitioners in the area. The course will take place over a period of 17 weeks on Wednesday mornings 8.30 – 9.50 am. Free parking and refreshments will be provided for participants.

This course will also be available via blended learning, with some classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our student intranet system. This means that, while all students are welcome and encouraged to attend class in person, some of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are based outside Dublin or who are otherwise unable to attend can catch up on the material by streaming the video in their own time. Lecture videos require an internet connection to be streamed.

Course Start Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016.


To be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Public Procurement Law a participant will be required to successfully complete two written assignments.


The Diploma will appeal to procurement professionals, public sector and utilities employees, academic and government researchers, industry, policy–makers, practising lawyers, regulators and judges.


Fees can be viewed here


Applications should be emailed to or sent to Admissions, The Honorable Society of King’s inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1.

Applications are made here.


  • Catherine Donnelly BL
  • Bonnie Costelloe, Office of Government Procurement
  • Patrick McGovern, Partner, Arthur Cox
  • Joseph Dalby BL
  • Nathy Dunleavy BL
  • Jonathan Newman BL
  • Jenny Mellerick, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald
  • Anna–Marie Curran, Partner, A&L Goodbody
  • Niamh Hyland SC
  • Maurice Collins SC
  • Brian Murray SC
  • Eileen Barrington SC
  • Joanne Finn, Partner, Eugene F Collins
  • The Hon. Ms Justice Baker



Patrick Rooney

“This Advanced Diploma in Public Procurement Law course provides excellent navigation through a complex area of law, with lectures provided from some of the top lawyers in the country offering crucial insight into all aspects of the public procurement process.” (Class of 2015–2016)

Patrick Rooney, Barrister–at–Law.

Tom Foley

“…an excellent course, well organised in comfortable surroundings with great facilities both electronically and via the Library. The quality of the speakers was excellent and the information was right up to date, the course coordinators were very good in making sure everything ran smoothly”. (Class of 2015–2016)

Tom Foley, Barrister–at–Law