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Public procurement in times of crisis: national experiences

The legal research conference "Public procurement in times of crisis: national experiences" will take place on 26 January 2023. At the conference, we will discuss the national legal experiences of procuring during the past and on-going crises: the pandemic, the war and the energy crisis.

Date: 26 January 2023

Format: hybrid conference with on-location and on-line presentations

Languages: English and Estonian

Organiser: public procurement research group

Location: V Spa Conference centre (Riia 2, Tartu, Estonia)

On-line participation is free but we kindly ask to pre-register. On-site participation fee is 120 euros (incl. VAT), which includes coffee breaks and lunch. We will send the invoice to registered participants by e-mail.


Registration is open!

The number of participants is limited. Registration deadline is 9 January 2023. Registration is closed!


Conference is organised by the public procurement law research group at the University of Tartu School of Law.

This conference is supported by the Estonian Research Council grant (PRG 1449) and by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Preliminary programme




Nb! Displayed times are Estonian time (EET).


Morning coffee


Welcome aadresses, associate professor Mari Ann Simovart, moderator Carri Ginter NB! In Estonian

Mart Parind (counsel at NOVE Law Firm and lecturer in Public Procurement Law at Tallinn University)

Kristel Mesilane (Head of Public Procurement and State Aid Department, Estonian Ministry of Finance)

Norman Aas (partner, Sorainen)

Kadri Härginen (counsel, Sorainen, PhD student, University of Tartu)

12:15-13:00 Lunch

Panel discussion and presentations (both on-line and on-location, in English)

Panel: Ivo Pilving (Associate Professor, University of Tartu, judge, Supreme Court of Estonia), Mari Ann Simovart (Associate Professor, University of Tartu School of Law), Laurynas Lukošiūnas (partner, Sorainen)



  • Security of Supply in Public Procurement, Kirsi-Maria Halonen (Professor, University of Lapland)
  • Procurement in times of crises: the Portuguese experience, Raquel Carvalho (Associate Professor, Universidade Católica Portuguesa)
  • Emerging Challenges to Public Procurement: Covid-19 and Regulatory Approaches to Public Contracting in the EU, United Kingdom, and France, Simal Efsane Erdogan (PhD candidate, King’s College London), dr Oana Stefan (reader in European Law, King’s College London)
  • Crisis procurement challenges in Poland, Michal Kania (Senior Researcher, University of Copenhagen), Jaroslaw Kola (Assistant Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), Piotr Bogdanowicz (Professor, University of Warsaw)
  • Lithuanian approach to crisis procurement, Laurynas Lukoshiunas (partner, Sorainen)
15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Panel discussion and presentations (both on-line and on-location, in English)

Panel: Carri Ginter (Associate Professor, University of Tartu School of Law), Kadri Härginen (Senior Associate, Sorainen, PhD student, University of Tartu) and Katrine Plavina-Mika (Senior Associate, Sorainen)



  • The German perspective on crises procurement, Marc Philip Greitens (senior associate, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek) , Martin Schellenberg (partner, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek)
  • Latvian approach to crisis procurement, Katrine Plavina-Mika (Senior Associate, Sorainen)
  • COVID-19 related direct awards in Denmark, Carina Risvig Hamer (Professor, University of Copenhagen)
  • Experience of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak republic, Jozef Kubinec (Ministry of Interior of the Slovak republic)
  • Difficulties wih unexpected public contract modifications in EstoniaEvelin Karindi-Kask (Republic of Estonia, Ministry of Finance)
  • Procurement under pressure: the use of governance strategies in turbulent times, Dr. Jolien Grandia, Dr. Rianne Warsen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
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