Christopher Bovis Professor of Business Law at University of Hull  UNI_1437 copy

Professor Christopher Bovis

Professor of Business Law

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Hull University Business School

c.bovis@hull.ac.uk

01482 463139

Christopher Bovis JD, MPhil, LLM, FRSA is Professor of International Business Law at the University of Hull.

He is an internationally renowned specialist in public sector management, public procurement and public private partnerships. His fields of expertise cover international business, EU law, competition, energy, transport and telecommunications.

His research has influenced parliamentary debate, scrutiny and brought responsible change at government level. His work has been published extensively, disseminated internationally and regularly quoted by the Court of Justice of the EU.

Professor Bovis has advised the EU, national governments on growth strategy, industrial policy, SMEs and public sector procurement.

Research

Research Interests

  • Public sector management, public procurement and public private partnerships

  • International business

  • International trade law and policy

  • European Union law

  • Anti-trust

  • Energy

  • Transport and telecommunications

Research groups

Professor Bovis has conducted numerous research projects funded by the European Commission, national funding organisations including the Alexander Maxwell Law Scholarship Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, and the Anglo-Israeli Association.

He is PI for InnProBio Project funded by Horizon 2020 between the University of Hull Government of Germany, Government of The Netherlands and the University of Lodz for developing standards in public procurement for bio-based products and services

He has been author of The Function, Structure and Regulation of the Waste Sector Utilities in EU Members, European Commission, DG Growth, 2016

He has been author of The Function, Structure and Regulation of the Water Utilities in EU Members States, European Commission, DG Markt, 2015.

Full list

Publications

Bovis C, Research Handbook on EU Public Procurement Law, Elgar, 2016

Bovis C, The Law of EU Public Procurement, Oxford University Press, 2015

Bovis C, Public Private Partnerships, Routledge, 2013

Bovis C, 'State Aid and Public Procurement', in State Aid under EU Law, Hoffman and Micheau (Eds), Oxford University Press, 2016.

Bovis C, 'Risk and its Treatment in Critical Infrastructure', European Journal of Risk Regulation, 2015.

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Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

Undergraduate

  • European Union Law

  • Company Law

  • Employment Law

Postgraduate

  • International Trade Law 1

  • International Trade Law 2

  • Equality Law in the European Union

  • European Union Substantive Law

  • European Public Law

  • European Business Law

  • Market Regulation in the European Union

Research PhDs

Professor Bovis offers supervision for research degrees in the fields of public procurement, public-private partnerships, international and European business law, competition law, state aid, services of general economic interests and industrial policy.

Completed PhDs 

Sultan Almasoud
Salah Fakhroun
Abdulla Alzaben
Abdullah Almasfar
Yasser Almouhaibd
Antoinette Calleja
George Nwangwu
Majed Asiri
Ahmad Aldaafa
Sooter Nomhange

Current PhD supervisors 

Uzma Bhatti
Keih Caruthers
Khalid Alshaik
Peter Djabang
Sooter Nomhange
Ziwei Zhang
Sue Rainton
Moses Onyoin
Katherine Bloomfield
Pattarin Kiatkamolkul

Teaching awards and accolades

Professor Bovis won the Postgraduates’ Choice Award in Hull University Union Teaching Awards in 2012. Hull University Union judged that “Professor Chris Bovis has been a PhD supervisor giving students superb guidance, feedback and support. Professor Bovis’ internationally renowned reputation has a motivational impact on students. His commitment to go beyond, to support students and when necessary praise students’ efforts make the student experience highly rewarding. He also allows students to have freedom in their work and create new, exciting knowledge about the world."

http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/law/news-and-events/news/news_12_bovis_award.aspx

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • JD (Athens)

  • MPhil (Amsterdam)

  • LLM (Hull)

  • FRSA

External roles

As lead adviser to the UK Cabinet Office on growth strategy, Professor Bovis advised on industrial policy, SMEs and public sector procurement. In his role, he undertook a strategic review in building a social dimension in public sector expenditure in the UK covering industrial policy and socio-economic considerations.

He has been special adviser to the Danish Government on the Danish EU Presidency, covering competitiveness and economic reform in the European Union.

Professor Bovis has been academic adviser to the European Commission on the launch of the Single Market Project to address and evaluate the review of legislation of the internal market with specific reference to public sector and public services.

He has been adviser to the Office of Fair Trading and Consumer Focus on the future privatisation of Post Office Ltd.

He has been special adviser to the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation advising the Australian Government on the acquisition of military equipment.

Awards and accolades

  • Professor Bovis has provided oral evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee on defence procurement. http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=12668

  • He has provided written evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee on defence procurement. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmpubadm/writev/proc/proc31.htm

  • He has provided oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Transport on strategic procurement of rolling stock and rail infrastructure. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmtran/1453/1453we03.htm

  • He has provided oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Transport on strategic procurement of rolling stock and rail infrastructure. http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=8966

  • He has given written and oral evidence to the Deregulation Unit of the Cabinet Office (UK) in 1997 and the Department of the Environment (UK) in 2001 on public sector procurement.

  • He has made written and oral submission to the European Commission on the drafting of a European Civil Code in 2002.

  • He has made oral and written submissions to the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) in 2003 on public-private partnerships and the private finance initiative (PFI).

  • He has represented the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) in 2004 in their submissions to the European Commission in relation to the new public procurement directives.

  • He has made written submissions to the European Parliament on the Green Paper of Services of General Interest in 2006.

Professional highlights

Professor Bovis was elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 2006, and made a Life Fellow in 2011.

He was appointed by the United Nations as Rapporteur to the Millennium Development Commission on Public-Private Partnerships in 2009.

He has extensively published peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals, produced internationally acclaimed books and presented numerous papers on his specialisation.

Professor Bovis's academic work has been translated into different languages, including Chinese, French and German.

He is peer reviewer for legal academic journals such as European Public Law, Common Market Law Review, European Law Journal, Federal Law Review, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Journal of Business Law and Journal of Public Policy and Administration and Journal of European Integration.

He is peer reviewer for the ESRC, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust for evaluation of research grants applications.

He is Editor in Chief of the European Procurement and Public Private Partnerships Law Review, published by Lexxion.