Peter Kunzlik

Peter Kunzlik


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Emeritus Professor 

MA (Cantab), LLM (Cantab), Barrister (non-practising), FRSA

Peter Kunzlik joined the University of East Anglia in September 2013. He began his academic career as a Fellow and Lecturer in Law at St John's College, Cambridge and prior to joining the University of East Anglia was Dean of the City Law School and Pro Vice Chancellor of City University London. Before that he was the Dean of the Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham and has been a visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. His professional experience has been varied. He has practised as both a barrister and a solicitor and was the founding partner of the European practice and Brussels office of a major law firm. He is now a non-practising barrister. He has been a Consultant to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development on aspects of public procurement law.  At the invitation Ms Heide Rühle, Member of the European Parliament (Rapporteur to the European Parliament’s 2010 Report on New Developments in Public Procurement) he gave one of the two key note presentations to the policy forum on ‘Pursuing Sustainable Development through Public Procurement’ at the European Parliament, Brussels, in 2011 as part of the Parliament’s review of EU public procurement legislation. In 2012 he was appointed by the Swedish Government as one of two international experts called upon to assist the Government's Public Procurement Inquiry by commenting upon a legal analysis of EU public procurement law. In a number of key areas Professor Kunzlik's interpretation of the law differed fundamentally from the analysis upon which he was asked to comment and the Inquiry's Report accepted Professor Kunzlik's legal interpretation on those points. He has undertaken research contracts for the European Commission, the Crown Prosecution Service and British Nuclear Fuel PLC. His published research has been in the fields of Public Procurement Law, Environmental Law, and the Legal Profession.

Key Research Interests

Public Procurement Law

Private Finance Initiative

Research Contracts

European Commission – DG Environment, “Implementation of the Groundwater Directive in the UK & Gibraltar” (2002- 2003) (with Prof. S. Bell & Dr. L. Etherington) ;

Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development “Environmentally Discretionary Procurement under Domestic Law and International Trade Law” (2002);

Crown Prosecution Service, “Judicial Satisfaction with CPS Advocacy” (2001 – 2002) (with Dr. L. Etherington);

British Nuclear Fuels plc. (1999 – 2001) – Project and Dispute Management and the Procurement Process;

European  Commission – DG Environment , “Study Contract on Transposition of the Directive on Pollution from Industrial Plant” (1998) (with Prof. S. Bell and Dr. L. Etherington);

European Commission - DG Environment, “Study Contract on Transposition of Shellfish and Freshwater Fish Waters Directives” (1998) (with Prof. S. Bell and Dr. L. Etherington);

External Activities

Selected Academic Conferences and Seminars


‘Procurement and the Environment’, the Contrats et Marchés Publics  Conference,  May 2015, Belgium, forthcoming.

 ‘The New European Approach to the Regulation of Public Procurement, the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong, 14 November 2014, forthcoming.


“The Regulation of the award of public contracts in the European Union”, Shandong University, China, November 17 2014, forthcoming.


‘The Private Finance Initiative’ at the Conference on Comparative Public Law Perspectives in PPPs, University of Cambridge, April 2014.


Discussant and Chair of session at the Postgraduate Conference on Public Procurement, Nottingham University, April 2014.


‘The Private Finance Initiative and the Contradictions of Neoliberalism’ UEA Law School Staff Seminar, February 2014-03-16


‘The Neoliberal State and the Curious Case of the Private Finance Initiative’, University of Warwick, January 2014.


“Public Procurement and the Dilemmas of Neoliberalism,’ The Centre for European Legal Studies, Cambridge University, March 2013.


‘The Development of US Antitrust in Historical Perspective’ CCP Seminar, UEA, December 2013


 ‘Antitrust and the Conventional Wisdom - Ideologies and Doctrine in Historical Context’ given by invitation at the Competition Law Scholars’ Forum , September 2011


Chair, the session on Sustainability, Public Procurement – Global Revolution IV Conference, the University of Nottingham, April 2010.


‘Justice in World Trade Law,’ The Moscow State Law Academy, Russia, May 2008


'DG Competition and the Criminalisation Threat' (with Dr Alan Riley),The Competition Law Scholars’ Forum, Strathclyde University, April, 2007.


Chair of the 'Secondary Policies' Session, “The Public Procurement, Continuing Revolution” Conference, Georgetown University & University of Nottingham, Nottingham, July 2006.


'Procuring Green Energy,' "The Public Procurement, Continuing Revolution” Conference, Georgetown University & University of Nottingham, Nottingham, July 2006.


'Environmentally Sensitive Purchasing Under EU Law,' OECD Conference, Budapest, (February 2006)


'Green Purchasing,' The Nordic Procurement Conference 2005, Stockholm, (January 2006)


Inaugural Lecture, 'Free Trade – Fair Trade; Justice and the World Trade System,' City University, February 2006)


'The Commission’s Proposed Approach to Article 82 EC,' Vilnius, Lithuania, 2005


'Environmental Purchasing Under the New Procurement Regime,' Procurement Law Conference, Department of Law, Copenhagen Business School (November 2004).


'Modernisation of EU Competition Law in an Era of Globalisation and Fragmentation' – a paper given at the inaugural conference of the Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF), University of Strathclyde (March 2003).


'Globalisation and Hybridisation in Antitrust Law,'a paper given by invitation at the Law School of the University of Minnesota at a Conference in honour of Dean Thomas Sullivan on “Global Antitrust Law & Policy” (Minneapolis, September 2002).


'Making the Market Work for the Environment - the Confused Case of ‘Green Procurement,' a paper given, by invitation, at the Annual Conference of the Bar European Group, Stresa, Italy, June 2002.


'The Effect of "Modernisation" on the Professionalism and Ethics of the English Bar' - Conference on Law & Legal Ethics in Transition, University of Ghent, November 2001


 'Competition Law and Globalisation of Trade,' presented at the “Competition Law 2000” Conference, London, October 2000.


'From Local to Global – the Role of Geographic Isolation in Shaping Competition Law,' UCL 5th Annual Colloquium on Current Legal Issues - Law and Geography, 2nd July 2001.


Society of Advanced Legal Scholars Lecture, 'Changing the Totem - The Impact of Conditional Fees on the Bar,' Society of Advanced Legal Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, 24 June 1999.


'Environmental Aspects of Procurement,' a paper given, by invitation, at the International Conference on Procurement Law – Global Revolution, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, September 1997.


'Environmental Litigation and EU Law,' a paper given by invitation at the Spring Conference of the International Law Association, 1996.


 ' "Excuses that make them all needs" - Environmental Protest, Openness and Civil Liberties,' November 1996, International Law Association, the University of Nottingham.


'Twyford Down – The European Aspects,'a seminar paper given to the European Law Centre, Cambridge University, November 1993.


Selected professional conferences, professional engagement and public comment


Member of the working group that drafted the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority’s initial draft Competence Framework for the qualification of solicitors (2014)


Keynote speaker on public procurement at the Arena Ide Conference on Public Procurement, Stockholm, April 2014


'Sustainable Procurement in light of the new EU Directives,' the Uppandlings Dagarna 2014 (Conference on Public Procurement) Stockholm, Sweden (2014).


'Green Procurement Under the Commission’s Procurement Package,' The EcoProcura Conference, Malmo, Sweden, 2013


Letters published by The Guardian and The Financial Times (2010) as regards legal aspects of UK Government policy on public contracts.


 'The Carter and Clementi Reports – The Implications for the Structure and Provision of Criminal Defence Work,' 7 Bedford Row (Barristers’ Chambers), London, March 2006.


'Transatlantic Aspects of Cartel Investigations,' the Competition Law Department of Pinsents, Solicitors, Leeds, June 2002.


Chaired  and gave the keynote address at a major “White Paper” conference on the application of EC Public Procurement Rules to Major Projects, London, 12 October, 2001.


'Going the ‘Rights’ Way to Fend Off the OFT' (with A. Riley) The Times, 4 April 2000.


 'Environmental Lawyering', UK Environmental Law AssociationSeptember 1999.


Participant in the Select Conference on Conditional Fes organised by the General Council of the Bar of England & Wales, London 1998.


'Light in the Darkness – The World-Wide Fund for Nature and the Disclosure of Commission Environmental Documents,'European Union News, Sweet & Maxwell, 1997.


'European Environmental Law,' Eversheds’ Environmental Group Annual Conference, 1997.


' "Concrete and Tyres" – Legal Issues and Environmental Campaigning.' Joint Meeting of the Solicitors’ European Group and the UK Environmental Law Association, February 1996.


'Environmental Impact Assessment and the "Pipe-line Point" – The Commission Withdraws,' European Union News, Sweet & Maxwell, February 1996, issue 2 p. 2.


'The Europe Agreements,'  a presentation to diplomats and officials from several Eastern and Central European countries, Brussels, 1992, as part of a seminar organised under the auspices of Leeds University and the Know-How Fund.


'EC Environmental Law & Policy,' International Environment ’92 Conference, May 1992.


Letter published in The Times as regards Environmental Impact assessment and the Twyford Down project, 1992.


'The Draft Database Protection Directive,' DC Computer Law Seminar, Washington DC, USA, February 1992.


'EC Pesticide Legislation,' National Pesticides Conference, April 1992.


'The EC Environmental Impact Assessment Directive – Impact on Infrastructure Projects,' the European Connections-Conference for the Construction Industry, Cheshire, October 1991.


'EC Anti-Dumping Proceedings,' McGuire Woods Battle & Boothe Corporate Counsel Seminar, Washington DC, USA, October 1989.


'The Single Market Programme,' the "1992 Club” Conference, March 1989.


'The 1992 Programme,' McGuire Woods Battle & Boothe Corporate Counsel Seminar, Richmond, Virginia, USA,  October 1988.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Laws, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1982

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1981