Professor Albert Sanchez Graells

PhD (Eur), LLB, BA (Hons)

  • BS8 1HH

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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 European Union and United Kingdom economic law, including competition law, public procurement, and digital regulation. 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 takes a technology- and economics-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's research on the procurement of digital technologies was supported by a 2022 British Academy Mid Career Fellowship.

Albert has authored the leading monograph Public Procurement and the EU Competition Rules, 2nd edn (Bloomsbury-Hart, 2015). His most recent monograph Digital Technologies and Public Procurement. Gatekeeping and experimentation in digital public governance has been published by Oxford University Press in early 2024. Albert 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), Transparency in EU Procurements. Disclosure Within Public Procurement and During Contract Execution (Edward Elgar, 2019) and European Public Procurement. Commentary on Directive 2014/24/EU (Edward Elgar, 2021). 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 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 currently a member of the UK Cabinet Office’s Open Contracting Advisory Group. He has previously been a member of the UK’s Procurement Lawyers Association Brexit Working Group (2017) and of the European Commission’s Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement (2015-18). Albert has advised the European Court of Auditors, EFTA Surveillance Authority, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other international institutions. His written evidence to the UK Parliament 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 digital regulation, law and economics, EU law and policy, competition law, public procurement and economic law more generally.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • LAW Brexit
  • Centre for Law and Enterprise
  • Centre for Health, Law and Society
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Centre for Global Law and Innovation
  • Centre for European and Public Law
  • Centre for Private and Commercial law

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