Albert Sanchez-Graells

Professor Albert Sanchez-Graells specialises in EU economic law and, in particular, in competition and public procurement law and policy. His research concentrates on the way the public sector interacts with the market and in the way it organises the delivery of public services, especially healthcare. He is also interested in general issues of sectorial regulation and, more broadly, in the rules supporting the development and expansion of the European Union’s internal market. He takes an economically-informed approach to his legal research and is particularly keen on the analysis of the systems of incentives and enforcement mechanisms that law creates or facilitates. Albert is currently researching the impact of digital technologies such as machine learning, blockchain and the internet of things on procurement governance.

Albert keeps close connections with leading research groups in the UK and abroad. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and regularly engages with policy-makers. Albert is a former Member of the Procurement Lawyers Association Brexit Working Group (2017) and of the European Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement (2015-18). Albert has also been invited by the European Court of Auditors and the EFTA Surveillance Authority as an academic expert in public procurement and competition matters. He has also advised the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other international institutions regarding public procurement reform. His written evidence to the House of Commons and the House of Lords has influenced debates on Brexit-related issues and on procurement healthcare regulation.

Albert has authored the leading monograph Public Procurement and the EU Competition Rules, 2nd edn (Bloomsbury-Hart, 2015). He has also coauthored Shaping EU Public Procurement Law: A Critical Analysis of the CJEU Case Law 2015–2017 (Wolters-Kluwer, 2018), edited Smart Public Procurement and Labour Standards. Pushing the Discussion after RegioPost (Hart, 2018), and also coedited Reformation or Deformation of the Public Procurement Rules (Edward Elgar, 2016) and Transparency in EU Procurements. Disclosure Within Public Procurement and During Contract Execution (Edward Elgar, 2019). Most of Albert’s working papers are available at http://ssrn.com/author=542893 and his analysis of current legal developments is published in his blog http://www.howtocrackanut.com.

Albert is currently a Professor of Economic Law at the University of Bristol Law School. He has previously held academic positions at the Law School of the University of Leicester, at the Law School of the University of Hull, and at the Law Faculty of Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid, Spain). Prior to academia, he was a practising lawyer advising multinational corporations on competition and public procurement matters.