Founder and Chief Development Officer

Petra Ferk is one of the Founders at the Institute for Public-Private Partnership, Slovenia. She is also an Assistant Professor for Public Administration at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Slovenia.

Petra Ferk graduated cum laude from the Faculty of Law. After her studies, she started working at Slovenska odškodninska družba, Ltd. and later switched to a position of a Advisor at Slovenia Control, Ltd.. In 2008, she successfully defended her Master Thesis, her mentor being prof. Rajko Pirnat. That same year, she co-authored a monograph Javne službe, državne pomoči in javno-zasebna partnerstva [Public Services, State Aids, and Public-Private Partnerships]. In 2008, she was also awarded the “Young Lawyer Award” by the Slovenian Law Association.

As said, Petra is the co-author of a legal monograph and also the author of numerous articles dealing mainly with public-private partnerships, public procurement, services of general (economic) interest, and state aid. Among her activities abroad, her most prominent work is a research, conducted in Dublin as well as research for her master’s and doctoral theses at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, for which she received scholarship. She additionally improved her professional skills as a stagier at the European Court of Justice in the cabinet of Judge of the Court of First Instance of European Communities, Mrs. Ingrida Labucka.rimerjalno pravo (International Academy of Comparative Law – IACL).

Within the Institute for Public-Private Partnership, Petra advises on complex legal issues within the areas of operation of the Institute, as well as covering the fields of research, international cooperation, and knowledge transfer. As an assistant professor for public administration at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies, she lectures about public services law, public-private partnerships, and legal persons of public and private law. Recently, she has been actively engaging in discussions on e-procurement, energy performance contracting projects, provision and financing of public services, public infrastructure, and the related issue of state aid.

Petra is the Secretary General of the Slovenian Association for European Law and participates in its activities since its establishment. She also holds the positions of a member of the management board at Federation Internationale du droit Europeen – FIDE and International Academy of Comparative Law – IACL.

Petra is the national correspondent for European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, and is active in promoting best practices on PPPs within the trainings organised by the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence. She is on the list of lecturers for public-private partnerships at the Academy for Administration of the Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration.

In her free time, she likes to cuddle with her two daughters, creates culinary masterpieces, tends to her garden, and writes academic articles late at night when the house is asleep. Her boasting energy is preserved by reading, meditation, five tibetan rites, and pilates.



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Recent publications in English:

  • FERK, Petra. E-Procurement between EU Objectives and the Implementation Procedures in the Member States—Article 22(1) of the 2014 Directive, to be published in GS Olykke & A Sanchez-Graells (eds), Reformation or Deformation of the EU Public Procurement Rules in 2014 (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016).
  • FERK, Petra. Status quo for electronic procurement under Directive 2014/24/EU. Interview with Pedro Telles for Public Procurement Podcast, 2016, accessible here.
  • FERK, Petra. The New Slovenian Public Procurement Act (ZJN-3), Country Report. European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, No. 2/2016.
  • FERK, Petra. Implementing Full E-Procurement into Real Life. Presented at Early Career Researcher Public Procurement Conference at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London on March 4th 2016, to be published in European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, No. 3/2016. European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review, No. 3/2016. Presentation accessible here.
  • FERK, Petra. Public Services as Fundamental Rights of European Citizens. Presented at the International Conference ʻCitizenship and fundamental rights in the European Union – opportunities and challenges for integrationʼ, Centre of Excellence Jean Monnet, University of Wroclaw, to be published in 2016.