Dr Maria Anna Corvaglia

Dr Maria Anna Corvaglia

Birmingham Law School
Lecturer in Law

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Maria Anna’s main research primarily concerns fragmentation and coherence in international economic governance. More specifically, most of her research to date has focused on international trade law, the international regulation of public procurement and the protection of socio-environmental concerns in international economic law. In her work on the multilayered trade and economic governance, she follows a strong comparative and interdisciplinary approach. 


  • Laurea in Scienze Politiche – LUISS University, Rome
  • Master of International Law and Economics – World Trade Institute and University of Bern
  • PhD in Law – University of Zurich


Dr. Maria Anna Corvaglia will join the Birmingham Law School in January 2017. Previously, she was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Durham Law School in the context of the ERC-funded research project “Neo-Federalism: Dividing Political Power among People(s)”.

She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Zurich. She conducted her doctoral studies in the framework of the Swiss NCCR National Centre of Competence in Research on Trade Regulation, under the supervision of Prof. Christine Kaufmann. Maria Anna Corvaglia obtained a Master degree in International Law and Economics (MILE Programme) of the World Trade Institute, University of Bern. She also holds a bachelor degree in political science (with a specialization in international relations) from the LUISS University of Rome, where she worked as a research assistant in Public International Law after her graduation.

Maria Anna Corvaglia has been involved in various technical assistance and training programs, for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC) at the WTO, and at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO)


  • Law & Policy of WTO (LLB)
  • Foundations International Law & Globalisation (LLB)
  • International Disputes and Dispute Resolution (LLB)
  • Contemporary Issues in International Law and Globalisation (LLB)
  • International Trade Law: Advanced Issues (LLM)
  • Public Procurement Law (LLM)

Postgraduate supervision

Maria Anna would welcome PhD applications in the broad fields of:

  • International Trade Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Regulation of Public Procurement

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Maria Anna Corvaglia’s research so far has primarily focused on fragmentation and coherence in international economic governance. In light of this research agenda, she just completed a monograph entitled ‘Public Procurement and Labour Rights: Towards Coherence in International Instruments of Procurement Regulation’ (with Hart Publishing). The book sheds a new light on the legal and political implications of the social use of public procurement and it engages in a comprehensive and innovative comparative analysis of the major international public procurement regulations (i.e. WTO Government Procurement Agreement, the EU Procurement Regime, the UNCITRAL Model Law, and the World Bank Guidelines).

What is more, Maria Anna Corvaglia published several journal articles and book chapters, while receiving various research grant applications (e.g. from the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research). Her most recent article entitled ‘Public Procurement and Private Standards: Ensuring Sustainability under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement’ (in Volume 19, Issue 3 of 2016 Journal of International Economic Law) – highlights the potential that voluntary private initiatives, like certifications and codes of conducts, have in the strategic use of public procurement and how they may help to protect socio-environmental concerns along global supply chains. Another noteworthy recent contribution is a chapter on the regulation of public procurement in regional trade agreements for the Encyclopedia of International Economic Law (forthcoming in 2016 for Edgar Elgar Publishing and edited by Prof. Schefer and Prof. Cottier), which brings together the leading experts in the field.



  • 2017 - Public Procurement and Labour Rights: Towards Coherence in International Instruments of Procurement Regulation, (Oxford: Hart Publishing).

Journal Articles:

  • 2016 - “Public Procurement and Private Standards: Ensuring Sustainability under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement,” Volume 19, Issue 3 Journal of International Economic Law;
  • 2014 - “South - South Technology Transfer Addressing Climate Change and its (Missing) International Regulatory Framework”, 2 CCLR - Carbon and Climate Law Review, 125 – 137;

Book Chapters and Sections:

  • 2016 - “Public Procurement and Preferential Trade Agreements” in Prof Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer and Prof Thomas Cottier (eds.), Encyclopedia of International Economic Law, (Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar Publishing).

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