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La Chimia Annamaria

School of Law University of Nottingham

Professor Annamaria La Chimia, LLB (La Sapienza, Rome), LLM, and Ph.D. (Nottingham), is a Full Professor of Law and Development at the School of Law, University of Nottingham. She is also the Director of the Public Procurement Research Group, leading the group's activities, including devising the group strategy for engagement with external stakeholders and organizing key events such as seminars, reading groups, annual lectures, the Global Revolution series of conferences, and the Ph.D. conference. Within the PPRG, she has also got direct responsibility and leadership for the Humanitarian and Development Procurement Unit and the Procurement and Human Rights Unit (in collaboration with Dr. Georgopolous). Since 2019, Professor La Chimia has been a Fellow at Stellenbosch University. In 2020, she served as the Special Procurement Advisor for the EU external mission in Somalia (EUCAP Somalia).

During her tenure at the University of Nottingham, Annamaria has spearheaded various initiatives, including the Rights and Justice Research Priority Area, which brings together researchers from different disciplines across the university. She has also held the positions of the School's Equality Officer and Chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee, leading the School to receive the first Athena Swan award for equality and diversity under her guidance.

Professor La Chimia's research has received funding from several UK research funding institutions, including the British Academy (in 2009), the BA-Leverhulme (twice, first in 2017 and then in 2020), and the AHRC (in 2017 and 2020). She has taught and served as a visiting professor at various universities. Additionally, she has provided expert advisory services in the field of procurement to numerous national and international organizations, including the World Bank, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the UK Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), the European Commission, ActionAid, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and OECD/SIGMA. In 2018 and 2020, Annamaria led international consultancy projects assessing the Afghanistan Procurement system, which GIZ financed. She has also conducted procurement training programs worldwide, such as providing training for procurement officials in the Caribbean as part of the World Bank's professionalization program in 2021.

In 2022 and 2023, she served as the lead consultant for the World Bank, first in developing a toolkit on gender-responsive procurement and then in implementing gender-responsive procurement in the Caribbean. Her responsibilities included drafting a policy note and conducting training for Bank staff and officials from the Caribbean.

Professor La Chimia has published extensively on various topics, including aid effectiveness, food security, development aid procurement, and procurement by multilateral and bilateral aid donors. More recently, her research has focused on procurement reforms in Italy and procurement in the context of COVID-19. She co-edited the seminal collection "Public Procurement Regulation in (a) Crisis" with Arrowsmith, Butler, and Yukins. Her work has been featured in international and European law reviews, as well as internationally edited collections. She is the author of "Tied Aid and Development Aid Procurement in the Framework of EU and WTO Law: The Imperative for Change," published by Hart Publishing in 2013, which is considered the leading monograph on this topic. Additionally, she is the co-editor (with Trepte) of "Public Procurement and Aid Effectiveness: The Journey So Far" (Hart, 2019) and 'il procurement nelle pubbliche amministrazioni (with Fioretino, published by Il Mulino in 2021).