François Lichère is a Professor of public law at the University of Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Director of the Chair on public contracts law. After graduating in law at the University of Montpellier (Licence) and at the Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence in political sciences, he passed a Master’s degree in public law (Diplome d’Etudes approfondies) and then his PhD in public law (doctorat) at the University of Montpellier in 1998. He was appointed Lecturer in public law (Maître de conferences) in 1999 and Professor of public law in 2000 at the University of Metz after he succeeded at the “Agregation”. He then moved to the Universities of Montpellier (2002), Aix-Marseille (2008) and Lyon 3 (2017). In 2004-2005, he spent a sabbatical at the University of Cambridge (UK). Since 2000, he has been teaching administrative law, public contracts law and public law in relation to business (droit public économique, including State aids). In 2020, he founded the Chaire de droit des contrats publics, whose aim is to study the practical effects of public contracts law with the help of three post-doctorates researchers.
Professor Lichère is also a consultant to law firms, public and private sectors entities in the field of public contracts law and public law. His areas of interest are public contracts law, administrative law, public law in relation to business.
Professor Lichère has published more than a hundred books and articles, mainly in the field of public contracts law but also in public law in relation to business and in administrative law, in French and English. He is notably co-editor with Steen Treumer of the book Enforcement of EU public procurement rules (Djof publishing, 2011) and co-editor with Duncan Fairgrieve of the book Public Procurement Law: Damages as an effective remedy (Hart Publishing, 2011). He is founder and co-author of the Encyclopédie du droit de la commande publique (Editions EFE), co-author of the Droit des contrats administratifs (LGDJ, 11th edition, 2019 with Laurent Richer).
Professor Lichère developped numerous international collaborations with several academics in almost all EU countries, and in the UK, the USA and Brazil. He is member of several international networks, notably the European Public Procurement Law Group (which gathers academics interested in this field) and the European Legal dialogue group (which gathers European judges and a few academics for an annual seminar on public law). He is also a member of the experts’ group on public procurement established by the French Ministry of Economy to advise it on various issues.