New book on EU Public Contract Law

IEL Director Professor Martin Trybus joined forces with Professor Roberto Caranta from the University of Turin in Italy and Professor Gunilla Edelstam from the Soedertoern University in Sweden to edit a new book EU Public Contract Law: Public Procurement and Beyond, published by Bruylant in Brussels in a book series edited by Professor Jean-Bernard Auby from Science Po in Paris.

There are 23 contributors, mostly academics but also practitioners, from 10 countries. The book had been initiated in a workshop held in Stockholm in 2010, organised by Martin Trybus and Gunilla Edelstam, as part of the Public Contracts in Legal Globalisation Network headed by Professor Auby, in which Birmingham's Professor Trybus and Sophie Boyron participate.

EU Public Contract Law analyses many aspects of the present EU regulatory framework for public contracts, especially public procurement, taking the ongoing reform process into account.


  • The book begins with several chapters that discuss the regime of the Public Sector Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC governing the procurement activities of the EU Member States, the coverage of the Directive, qualification and technical specifications, procurement procedures, and award criteria.
  • A specific chapter describes the EU principles applicable to contracts not covered or partially covered by the Directive, which have been the subject of relevant developments in the case law of the European Court of Justice.
  • Another chapter covers sustainable procurement.
  • Three chapters are devoted to special procurement regimes, namely public private partnerships, defence and utilities.
  • T the review and remedies regime for public procurement is covered in two chapters.
  • One chapter goes beyond public procurement and looks at the effect of EU law on the contract management of public contracts, after their conclusion.
  • Three chapters go beyond the regulation of the Member States and look at the EU law regime applicable to contracts of the EU institutions.
  • Finally, a concluding chapter provides a critique of the EU legal framework by an author from outside the EU.

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