Fall 2016: Public-Private Partnerships

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

Colombia, South Asia, the Lao PDR, Mexico, and more parts of the world are featured in this issue to demonstrate a range of approaches to public-private partnerships (PPPs) and their applications.

A sea change in the use of PPPs is coming, largely driven by the twin concerns of disaster risk management and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

Despite the need for infrastructure development and renovation in South Asia, and available private capital to supplement government funding, the “customized” legal frameworks in each South Asian country are deterring PPPs by complicating them unnecessarily.

Private investment to develop public assets in the developing economy of Lao PDR has been remarkably successful. However, the proposed PPP Decree may limit both innovation and investment in public infrastructure and public resources.

Whether from water or sanitation, clean or more traditional energy projects, transportation or technology infrastructure development, or tackling health and welfare needs, PPPs are fulfilling community needs with tremendous variations from place to place about how they work.

Alliances between humanitarian agencies and specialized partners are increasing in frequency and duration, and inter-organizational networks may well be the future of humanitarian assistance.

In 2008, Porsche SE spectacularly failed in its attempt to take over Volkswagen. The fallout includes criminal investigations and massive civil law proceedings. Claimants of one pending US$2 billion lawsuit have invoked the so-called “KapMuG”—currently the only existing class action mechanism in Germany.

The Mexican PPP Act, regulations, and guidelines set out clear rules for determining social profitability, for the cooperation of the public and private sectors, and for the implementation and 
development of long-term infrastructure projects.

While PPPs are increasingly seen as a means of easing public financial burdens and shifting costs to actual end users, and we are learning of PPP “best practices,” unfortunately many “lessons learned” also relate to instances of corruption at the worst and appearances of impropriety at the least.

This book serves as a timely and comprehensive practical guide for international lawyers needing to understand the particularities of European privacy law, including step-by-step tips for building
 a privacy compliance program.

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