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LEXSECURE Project Information

The LEXSECURE project studies the legal foundations of global supply chains and what could be done to ensure secure supply of critical goods, such as medical supplies, in times of global crises. Today’s system of transnational trade is based on the belief that state interference should be avoided to allow free and efficient trade. Nonetheless, several exceptions are built into the system to allow states and private actors to derogate from this starting point in case of internal crises. If global trade is instead struck by a system-wide crisis, such as global refugee streams, climate change, or a pandemic like COVID-19, then there is a danger that each state’s uncoordinated and indiscriminate use of available exceptions disrupts the system more than is reasonable and prevents critical supplies from reaching those most in need. LEXSECURE maps the system of exceptions in transnational trade and evaluates possibilities for developing secure supply chains to counter future crises. It seeks to develop a coherent approach to fostering security of supply through law – as opposed to the current regulatory approach that seems to drift to the use of exceptions every time the society is faced with a crisis.

Project period: 21.08.2020 → 30.11.2023

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Latest from LEXSECURE

Sustainability and security of supply in a changing world

The Finnish Corporate Responsibility Law Association and the LEXSECURE project organised a panel discussion on the topic ‘Sustainability and security of supply in a changing world’ (in Finnish) on January 31, 2023 in Helsinki. The project co-PI Mikko Rajavuori started with a presentation that introduced themes at the intersection of sustainability and security of supply.…

Security of Supply in Public Procurement

Presentation in the conference Procurement in times of crises: national experiences, in Tartu on January 26, 2023. LEXSECURE co-PI Kirsi-Maria Halonen gave the presentation ‘Security of Supply in Public Procurement’. The hybrid conference was organised by the public procurement research group of the University of Tartu School of Law, and brought together approximately 190 participants…

Research group workshop in Pyhä

In January, the LEXSECURE research group – consisting of researchers from the University of Turku, the University of Lapland and the University of Eastern Finland – met for a three day workshop in the Keropirtti cottage in Pyhä, Lapland. In addition to interaction with project stakeholders and academic advisors, and work on a policy brief,…

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