Governmental Contracts

Governmental Contracts

Course dates:
1 July, 2024 to 7 July, 2024
EU/EEA citizens 6375 DKK/Non-EU/EEA citizens 11400 DKK
Fee advantages:
Full fee
Application deadline:
Monday, 1 April, 2024
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

General information

What is a governmental contract?

Governmental contracts are commercial contracts concluded between public entities (central governmental agencies, regional purchasing agency, public company, local municipality, EU Institutions, etc.) and so-called economic operators (a private company such as wholesaler, Small or Medium Enterprise, NGO, or social enterprise) for the purpose of fulling the public need through spending taxpayers money.

Why is it interesting and relevant?

Firstly outcomes of governmental contracts you can see everywhere around you. Starting from the bike lines that you use, bridges, and university buildings, through digitalized public services systems that you use when registering for the new vaccine. Also consulting, canteen and welfare services for children and elderly, etc. Sectors such as construction, IT, healthcare, education where a private entity plays a role are based on governmental contracts.

Secondly, when public money is being spent, public policies are being implemented through government contracting, such as how we can use public money to make our city/country greener, more sustainable, inclusive, or digitalized.

Thirdly, it is a massive business- the global value of governmental contracting is enormous. For example, the OECD countries alone spend a total of €1000 billion per year on government contracts. In the EU, over 250 000 public entities spend around 14% of GDP each year on the purchase of services, construction works, and supplies.

Lastly, the law is booming, and this field's expertise is needed. National courts and Complaints Boards handle thousands of dispute cases every year relating to governmental contracts, particularly public procurement (a tender process of conducting a governmental contract). The governmental contracting (procurement) rules are constantly changing, which means the amount of case law is always developing and increasing in response. This makes it a lawyers' paradise as professional expertise is needed as great care must be taken when drafting tender conditions, tender offers, and the governmental contract itself


Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Hostel World

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ECTS accreditation

Bachelor level

7,5 ECTS