Alice Manzini

Alice Manzini

Birmingham Law School
Marie Curie PhD Fellow

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Alice Manzini is Marie Curie PhD Fellow under the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network on EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP). Her research focuses on EU external relations law, EU trade law and policy and public procurement.


  • Degree in Law cum Laude- University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)


Alice Manzini joined Birmingham Law School in September 2017 as Marie Curie PhD Fellow in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network on EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP).

Since joining the school, she has been visiting researcher at the University of Turin (September-October 2018) and at the George Washington University Law School (November-December 2018).

Previously, she worked as a lawyer-linguist at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Before that, she was awarded the Renzo Imbeni scholarship, funding a traineeship at the European Parliament in Brussels where she worked under the DG Presidency. She also interned in the Italian translation unit of the European Court of Justice. Moreover, she practised as a lawyer in several law firms in Italy, completing her legal training of 18 months.

Doctoral research

PhD title
The Liberalisation of Public Procurement Markets through EU FTAs
Professor Martin Trybus


Her research lies at the intersection between public procurement law and EU Common Commercial Policy and examines the increasing role of public procurement in EU external relations. Particularly, her present research analyses the chapters on public procurement contained in the new generation of deep and comprehensive free trade agreements (FTAs) concluded by the EU with the aim of investigating the externalisation effect of public procurement through FTAs.

Other activities

Conferences, workshops and events:

PhD Colloquium in Public Procurement (University of Turin, March 2019)
Presentation of PhD Thesis: The Liberalisation of Public Procurement Markets through EU Free Trade Agreements

Modelling convergence of the EU with the world: taking, receiving and becoming EU law (City, University of London, November 2019).
Paper: Towards a Global Reach of EU public procurement law through EU FTAs? Unpacking the components and delineating boundaries.

8th Public Procurement Research Students Conference (University of Nottingham, September 2018).
Presentation of PhD Thesis: The Liberalisation of Public Procurement Markets through EU Free Trade Agreements 

48th Annual Conference Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). University of Bath, September 2018)
Paper: TTIP and CETA: the question of personal coverage and the central role of sub-federal governments 

6th Institute of European Law Conference ‘Transatlantic Perspectives: The future of European Law and Policy’. (Birmingham Law School, June 2018).
Paper: Liberalisation of Public Procurement markets through FTA? 

12th Annual Conference ‘Transitions, Transactions, Translations: Europe on the threshold’ (09/10- 05.2018, Graduate Centre for Europe- UoB).
Paper: The protection of labour rights in the EU and US public procurement law: which level of harmonisation under the TTIP?


Blog posts

Book Reviews

  • Luke R. A. Butler, Transatlantic Defence Procurement. EU and US Defence Procurement Regulation in the Transatlantic Defence Market, Cambridge University Press: 2017, Hardback, ISBN: 978-1-107-11551-4, 514 pages, forthcoming in Public Procurement Law Review (2018)