Professor Albert Sanchez Graells

PhD (Eur), LLB, BA (Hons)

  • BS8 1RJ


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Research interests

Albert Sanchez-Graells is a Professor of Economic Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Global Law and Innovation at the University of Bristol Law School. He 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 how 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 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 and his analysis of current legal developments is published in his blog

Albert is a Member of the European Procurement Law Group and 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.

Prior to joining academia, Albert was a practising lawyer advising multinational corporations on competition and public procurement matters. Albert has conducted research at the Library of Congress (Washington), the Centre for Competition Law and Policy of the University of Oxford, and the Law Department of the Copenhagen Business School. He has also been awarded research fellowships at the Collegio Carlo Alberto of the University of Turin and the Faculty of Law of University Carlos III in Madrid.

Albert welcomes applications for PhD supervision in the areas of law and economics, EU law and policy, competition law, public procurement and economic law more generally.

External positions

Member of the Brexit Working Group, Procurement Lawyers Association

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

Member of the Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement, European Commission

15 Jul 201515 Jul 2018

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • LAW Brexit
  • LAW Centre for Law and Enterprise
  • LAW Centre for Health Law and Society
  • Health Science and Technology
  • LAW Centre for Global Law and Innovation

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Research Output

Procurement in the time of COVID-19

Sanchez Graells, A., 22 Apr 2020, In : Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 71, 1, p. 81–87 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate (Academic Journal)

Open Access
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    Riding Sunbeams: Powering our trains with solar PV

    Nolden, C., Sanchez Graells, A., Murray, L., Pendered, O., Stone, I. & Wilkins, J., 13 Jan 2020, 2 p. Bristol : PolicyBristol.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Some Public Procurement Challenges in Supporting and Delivering Smart Urban Mobility: Procurement Data, Discretion and Expertise

    Sanchez Graells, A., 13 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) Smart Urban Mobility – Law, Regulation, and Policy. Finck, M., Lamping, M., Moscon, V. & Richter, H. (eds.). Berlin: Springer, 20 p. (Max Planck Institute Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Activities

    Socially Sustainable Public Procurement

    Albert Sanchez Graells (Invited speaker)

    16 Feb 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Trade department may have broken EU rules with 'pro-Brexit' contract criteria

    Albert Sanchez Graells (Interviewee)

    1 Mar 2017

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation

    Comparative Transposition of 2014 Public Procurement Directives

    Albert Sanchez Graells (Invited speaker)

    16 Mar 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference