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Law 5225M Reading List

Introduction to UK and Global Government Contracting Law and Practice, 2021/22, Semester 2
Richard Bonnar
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue
  1. Introductory and Overview

The following textbooks are of general use, though they are all now somewhat out of date. They are all published by, and freely available from, the Public Procurement Research Group, University of Nottingham.

Sue Arrowsmith (Ed.), EU Public Procurement Law: An Introduction (EU Asia Inter University Network for Teaching and Research in Public Procurement Regulation, 2010)  Note: this is a useful overview but is based on the Public Sector Directive 2004/18 rather than  the Public  Contracts Directive 2014/24/EU


Sue Arrowsmith (Ed.), Public Procurement Regulation: An Introduction (EU Asia Inter University Network for Teaching and Research in Public Procurement Regulation, 2010) Note:  again a useful overview but pre-dates the latest version of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement

Note also: there is a Chinese language version available of this text. 

Ping Wang and Xinglin Zhang, Chinese Public Procurement Law: An Introductory Textbook (EU Asia Inter University Network for Teaching and Research in Public Procurement Regulation, 2010).

 (Note for context for Chinese students only, Chinese public procurement law will not be taught)

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    Core Materials

Throughout the Module, students will be referred to the following core materials. 

 Agreement on Government Procurement 2012:

UNCITRAL Model Law on public procurement

Public Contracts Directive 2014/24/EU

Remedies Directive 89/665/EEC as amended

Public Contracts Regulations 2015

Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement, December 2020

Transforming Government Procurement, Government response to consultation, December 2021

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 Seminar 1 ( Finding your bearings in public procurement law and practice)

Institute for Government,  “ Government outsourcing - When and how to bring public services back into government hands “, June 2020, Summary and Introduction


UNCITRAL Model Law on Public Procurement 2012, Chapter 1 ( General Provisions)

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Seminar 2 ( Public Procurement Law in a Global Context)

 To follow 

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Seminar 3 - Basic principles and framework of UK and EU Public Procurement Law  and policy

Public Contracts Directive 2014/24/EU

Public Contracts Regulations 2015

 UK proposals for public procurement reform

 Green Paper: Transforming Public Procurement, December 2020

 UK Government Response  to Consultation, December 2021

Optional Reading:

Transforming Public Procurement Law after Brexit: some reflections on the Government’s Green Paper”, Professor Sue Arrowsmith PPLR 2021/3, page 103

See also How to Crack a Nut Blog, Professor Albert Sanchez-Graells, February 2021

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Seminar 4 ( The UK public sector and how it buys)

Status of “ the Crown”

 In re M v Home Office [1993] 3 All ER 537, in particular at 566.

Ministers of the Crown Act 1975, Section 1

Lord Young Reforms

Public Contracts Regulations 2015, Reg 105 - 112

Oversight of public sector procurement

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, Lessons from major projects and programmes, January 2021:

House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Delivering the Government’s infrastructure commitments through major projects, July 2020:

HM Treasury Green Book Guidance:

 Case Study Reading

ESN Case Study summary ( to follow)

Comptroller and Auditor General, Upgrading emergency services communications: the Emergency Services Network,  Session 2016-17, HC 627, September 2016.

Comptroller and Auditor General, Progress delivering the Emergency Services Network“ , Session 2017–19, HC 2140, 10 May 2019

Oral Evidence by Matthew Rycroft to Public Accounts Committee, 7 June 2021, Q75 to Q120



This list was last updated on 03/01/2022