Professor Dermot Cahill, Chair in Commercial Law at Bangor University

  • Professor Dermot Cahill holds the Chair in Commercial Law at Bangor University, Wales. A graduate of the College of Europe, the oldest college devoted to European studies, Dermot is the Dean of Bangor Law School and Founding Director of the Bangor Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS).

    Regularly consulted by governments, public bodies and institutions, political parties 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). He is a member of the Board of Bangor University’s Confucius Institute, the world’s first Confucius Institute to have a law flavour, whereby Bangor and CUPL, one of China’s leading law universities, collaborate. Dermot 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, published in the European Business Law Review.

    At the ICPS, Dermot’s multinational, interdisciplinary team has conducted several innovative public procurement projects in recent times, including the €3.7m European Union INTERREG-funded “Winning in Tendering” collaboration, which he leads, between the ICPS, Dublin City University and the Irish Institute of Purchasing & Materials Management.

    Dermot’s early procurement research work started with TenderWise, focusing on how public bodies can take effective steps to increase small indigenous suppliers’ (SIS) engagement with public procurement.

    Currently he is a member of the House of Commons’ Inquiry (2013/14) into e-invoicing at the invitation of the UK Conservative Party, and is currently leading a review of UK government procurement practices at the invitation of the UK Labour Party’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

    Dermot’s most recent major research grant award was €450,000 for the TESLA project (2012), an international seve-partner collaboration involving partners in Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland, researching design and cross-sector business concepts that can have transnational application for high-performance startups (HPSUs) 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 HPSUs to access procurement markets.

    Professor’s Cahill co-authored the Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Report (with Clifford and Ringwald), which was adopted as Government policy by the Welsh Government in 2011. He was appointed a member of the Wales Business Procurement Task Force by the Minister for Finance, and the Barriers recommendations are currently being implemented by the Welsh Government’s Value Wales division which adopted the Report as Government policy in 2012.