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Sue Arrowsmith

Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy; Director, Public Procurement Research Group, Faculty of Social Sciences



Sue Arrowsmith is Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham, where she is also Director of the Public Procurement Research Group and of the postgraduate Executive programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy (LLM/Diploma/Certificate). She was formerly a Tutor (1987-88), Lecturer (1988-1991) and Professor (1991-1998) at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She has a first class honours degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University (Somerville College), where she won several university and college law prizes including the prestigious Gibbs Prize, and a D.Jur from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she studied on a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Her publications have been extensively cited by courts and legislators both in the UK and in other parts of Europe, in the ECJ, and in Africa, North America and Asia. Authored books include The Law of Public and Utilities Procurement (3rd ed. 2014), (with J. Linarelli and D. Wallace Jr) Regulating Public Procurement; National and International perspectives (2000) and Government Procurement in the WTO (Kluwer, 2003). Recent edited collections include (with Peter Kunzlik) Social and Environmental Policies in EC Procurement Law: New Directive and New Directions (2009; CUP); (with R. D. Anderson), The WTO Regime on Government Procurement: Challenge and Reform (CUP, 2011); (with S.Treumer) Competitive Dialogue in EU Procurement Law (2012, CUP); and (with Geo Quinot), Public Procurement Regulation in Africa (CUP, 2013).

In 1992 she launched the first international academic procurement journal, Public Procurement Law Review, and has edited the Review for more than 20 years.

In 2007 she was awarded the CIPS Swinbank Medal for thought innovation in purchasing and supply. She has taught university modules on procurement since 1995. She was Project Leader of the recent EU-funded project for developing a global academic network on procurement regulation, which included setting up several university centres for teaching and research in procurement in Europe and Asia, and establishing the global Procurement Law Academic Network ( She has recently received awards from the British Academy, including, currently, a Newton Fellowship, to develop this work in Africa, leading to the creation and development of a further procurement centre in Africa.

She is a member of the UNCITRAL Procurement Experts Group and was a member of the World Bank International Advisory Group on Procurement for its recent overhaul of its policies on procurement in developing countries. She was previously a member for over 20 years of the European Commission's independent Advisory Committee on procurement, and has been consultant for the UK government, UN, WTO, European Commission, OECD, EU, European Central Bank, ILO and the Law Commission of England and Wales, as well as for law firms and private companies..

She is Co-Director of the series of conferences Public Procurement: Global Revolution, first launched in 1996, and the next (eighth) of which will be held in Nottingham in June 2017.

Expertise Summary

Her main expertise is in the legal regulation of public procurement.

In particular, she an expert on the legal rules under the EU procurement regime, UK procurement law, and under the UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement.

Research Summary

Her main research interest is public procurement, particularly the international trade aspects.

She is currently completing the second volume of the third edition of her book The Law of Public and Utilities Procurement, the first volume of which was published in 2014. She is also working on a publications on the implications of Brexit for public procurement.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students who want to work in all aspects of Public Procurement Law

Current PhD Students

  • Borson, Fred: The influence of external procurement rules on the application of procurement regulation in Africa: a case study of Ghana (Co-supervised with Dr Ping Wang)
  • Filipon, Serban: Non-traditional regular purchases arrangements in public procurement (Co-supervised with Dr Annamaria La Chimmia)
  • Smith, Katie: Contract adjustments and public procurement: an analysis of the law and its application (Co-supervised with Professor David Fraser)
  • Wirner, Helmut: Remedies in Public Procurement Law

Completed PhD Students

  • Aspey, Eleanor: The Impact of the EC Procurement Rules on Corporate Responsibility in the Supply Chain: a Study of Utilities (CASE Studentship/ Achillies) (Co-supervised with Professor David Fraser)
  • Craven, Richard: Procurement procedures under the Private Finance Initiative: the operation of the new legal framework (CASE Studentship/ Bevan Brtittan) (Co-supervised with Professor David Fraser)
  • De Mars, Sylvia: The Influence of Developments in EC Public Procurement Regulation of Member States: a Case Study of the UK, the Netherlands and France
  • Eyo, Ama: The European Community Legal Framework on Electronic Auctions in Regulated Procurement: Perspectives from the United Kingdom (co-supervised with Professor David Fraser)
  • Heuninckx, Baudouin: Defence Procurement Law in Europe: The Role of International Organisation (co-supervised with Professor David Fraser)
  • Jiang, Lili: An Evaluation of Soft Law as a Method to Regulate Public Procurement from a Trade Perspective (co-supervised with Professor Mary Footer)
  • Telles, Pedro: Competitive Dialogue in Portugal and Spain (co-supervised with Dr Aris Georgopoulos)
  • Wang, Ping: Public Procurement of State Enterprises in the WTO and in China
  • Zhang, Xinglin: A Supplier Review System as part of the Government Procurement System for China (co-supervised with Dr Ping Wang)

Future Research

Her next two major projects, which will be undertaken primarily in the period 2018-2019, are a monograph on the incoherence in the conceptual framework of EU public procurement law and a study of the impact of public law violations on concluded contracts in UK and EU law, including from a comparative law perspective.

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