Professor Christopher Bovis

Professor Christopher Bovis

Professor of Business Law

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • The Law School


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. 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.

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

Recent outputs

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The law of EU public procurement

Bovis, C. (2015). The law of EU public procurement. (2nd). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Book Chapter

Public procurement and state aid

Bovis, C. (2016). Public procurement and state aid. In H. Hofmann, & C. Micheau (Eds.), State Aid Law of the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Innovation and Public Private Partnerships: Colloquium

Iossa, E., & Bovis, C. H. (2015). Innovation and Public Private Partnerships: Colloquium. In G. Piga, & T. Tatrai (Eds.), Public Procurement Policy (101-113). London and New York: Routledge

Journal Article

Systemic risk in major public contracts

Bloomfield, K., Williams, T., Bovis, C., & Merali, Y. (2019). Systemic risk in major public contracts. International Journal of Forecasting, 35(2), 667-676.

Risk in public-private partnerships and critical infrastructure

Bovis, C. H. (2015). Risk in public-private partnerships and critical infrastructure. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 6(2), 200-207.







H2020 SC-Food 'InnProBio'


EC European Commission




1 March 2015



Postgraduate supervision

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 AlmasoudSalah FakhrounAbdulla AlzabenAbdullah AlmasfarYasser AlmouhaibdAntoinette CallejaGeorge NwangwuMajed AsiriAhmad AldaafaSooter Nomhange Current PhD supervisors Uzma BhattiKeih CaruthersKhalid AlshaikPeter DjabangSooter NomhangeZiwei ZhangSue RaintonMoses OnyoinKatherine BloomfieldPattarin Kiatkamolkul