Dr Yseult Marique

Senior Lecturer
School of Law
Dr Yseult Marique



Yseult read law at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She holds a postgraduate degree in notariaat from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). Between 1999 and 2006 she worked as a legal clerck in a notary office and as a compliance officer in a bank in Brussels, in parallel as a research assistant at the Centre de droit public, Université libre de Bruxelles. Her doctoral research, entitled A legal narrative for English and Belgian public-private partnerships was carried out under the supervision of Professor John Bell, at the University of Cambridge (2011). She moved to the University of Essex in 2010. She also teaches in Brussels (ULB, comparative administration). She is a research fellow at the University of Speyer (Germany) for the period 2016-2018. She thaught in the Global Bachelor Programme at the University of Dauphine (London campus, 2014-16). Between 2011 and 2016, she was co-director of the double degree LLB English and French Law (with Maîtrise 1), a partnership between the University of Essex, the University of Paris-Ouest-Nanterre, Lyon 3 and Toulouse-Capitole. Her book Public Private Partnership and the Law (EE, 2014) has been shortlisted for the 2015 Birks Prize for outstanding legal scholarship. Yseult has been the recipient of a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust small research grant (2013-15), a ESRC - Essex Impact Acceleration Account grant (2016) and a Britisch Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (2016-17). Thanks to these awards, she seeks to develop a conceptual framework to engage with non academic actors and ensure that comparative public law research can contribute to debates and exchanges outside the university world. 2017: Organisation of a conference "Comparative public law in Europe" (British Academy) 2016: Organisation and management of a blog dedicated to comparative public law in Europe: 2016: Organisation and management of a blog for law academics writing in English: 2016: Workshop on the management of large public contracts - legal opportunities and challenges (cooperation between the Essex Law School and Paris-Dauphine, London): convenor 2014: British Association of Comparative Law (BACL,, treasurer 2014: Institute of Leadership and Management, member 2014: Contrats et Marchés Publics, member of the editorial board: 2013: Higher Education Academy, fellow 2010: VUB PPP Chair (Brussels), advisory board member

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Comparative public law

Regulation and administrative law, especially public-private relationships

Public contracts (procurement, enforcement, corruption)

Local government

Integrity and ethics in government and business

European administrative law

Current research

Integrity in public contracts (Belgian, English and French contracts)

Public private partnerships: legal and institutional embedding (Belgian, English and French PPPs)

Local government (Belgian, English and French)

Comparative administrative law in Europe (Belgian, Dutch, English and French)

EU administration

Conferences and presentations

December 2017: 'The pre-history of administrative law in Belgium (1885-1914)', conference organised in Rome by Professor G della Cananea, Common Core Principles of Administrative Law

November 2017: 'Sous-traitance et dumping social', with K Wauters, Conference on Procurement and Social Dumping organised by the Université libre de Bruxelles

September 2017: 'Law and Public Administration', Public administration in European Perspective, Potsdam

August 2017: 'Transparency in France - Law and Practice', with E Slautsky, Milan, EGPA Conference

July 2017: 'Innovation in administrative law required? Comparative lessons from public contracts' (with S Van Garsse), I.CON Conference, Copenhagen

July 2017: 'Changes in the European administrative space - Towards sustainable coordination', Council of European Studies Conference, Glasgow

July 2017: 'Collective interests in classic administrative law - How the founding fathers shaped individual legal protection against power', 2017 Hart workshop 'Law, Society and Administration in a changing world', P. Cane, J. King and H. Haylay (org.), IALS, London

November 2016: 'Marché public et participation du public', 11ème rendez-vous européen de Strasbourg, Europe - où sont tes valeurs?, atelier La commande publique, instrument des politiques sociales et environnementales (

November 2016 (with Dr S Van Garsse) : 'PPPs and innovation in administrative law', Vth Conference on Public Private Partnerships, University of Antwerp

April 2016 (with Dr S Van Garsse): 'Public and private relationships: A new administrative law emerging - Comparing lessons from public contracts', Public and Private Powers, Conference Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law

September 2015: 'Tensions in administrative justice in federal states - Belgium as a case-study', Administrative Justice Conference 2015 organised by Bangor University (upon their invitation)

May 2015: 'Modifications en cours d'exécution des contrats publics - Un nouveau pas vers une emprise progressive de la concurrence européenne dans la gestion contractuelle', Conference organised by the editorial board of Contrats et Marchés Publics, Brussels

December 2014 (with Dr Rhita Bousta): 'Comparative administrative law - Teaching practice in France and Belgium', Jean Monnet workshop on European administrative law, University of Maastricht, campus of Brussels (working paper available from the Maastricht Faculty of Law working paper 2016/1)

November 2014: 'Localism anglais et subsidiarité - a work-in-progress', Lille 2, ERDP, research meeting


Chapters (8)

Marique, YM., (2017). The Shaping of Federal Administrative Justice in Belgium: Recasting Citizens–administration Relationships. In: Administrative Justice in Wales and Comparative Perspectives. 283- 315. 1786831392. 9781786831392

Marique, Y., (2016). Changes during performance - A case for revising the extension of competition. In: EU Directive 2014/24 on public procurement A new turn for competition in public markets ?. 197- 215

Marique, Y., (2015). English judges: little mice in the big business of corruption?. In: The Impact of Corruption on International Commercial Contracts. 141- 158. 978-3-319-19053-2

Marique, Y., (2014). Integrity in English and French public contracts: Changing administrative cultures?. In: Corruption and Conflicts of Interest. 85- 112. 9781781009345

Marique, Y., (2014). Modifications en cours d’exécution des contrats publics – Tensions entre intérêt général et concurrence : Enseignements de la métamorphose belge. In: Les contrats publics. 67- 136. 978-2-87455-696-8

Marique, Y., (2012). Les contrats publics anglais et fran�ais entre technique et loyaut�. In: Wilsautonomie, contractvrijheid en ondernemingscontracten. Welke toekomst beschoren?. 285- 333. 9789050957489

Marique, Y., (2011). An English legal perspective on public-private partnerships. In: Partenariats public-priv� : Rapport du XVIIIe congr�s de l'acad�mie internationale de droit compar� [Public-private partnerships - Reports of the XVIIIth Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law]. 95- 165. 9782802730569

Marique, Y., (2007). The Rule-Making Powers of Independent Administrative Agencies (?QUANGOs?). In: General Reports of the XVIIth Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law: Rapports Generaux Du XVIIe Congres International De Droit Compare. 589- 636

Books (3)

Palmer, E., Cornford, T., Marique, Y. and Guinchard, A., (2016).Access to Justice: Beyond the Policies and Politics of Austerity. Hart Publishing. 9781849467346

Marique, Y. and Wauters, K., (2016).EU Directive 2014/24 on public procurement A new turn for competition in public markets ?. Larcier

Marique, Y., (2014).Public-Private Partnerships and the Law: Regulation, Institutions and Community. Edward Elgar. 978 1 78100 454 8

Journals (2)

Marique, Y., (2013). Cooperation and competition in complex construction projects: Implementation of EU procurement rules in England and Belgium. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment. 5 (1)

Marique, Y., (2008). Un exemple anglais de régulation éthique : les conflits d’intérêt et la technique de « Value for Money ». Pyramides : Revue du Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches en Administration Publique. 16 (2)

Grants and funding


Shaping a European Legal Culture - Opportunities and challenges for comparative public law

The British Academy


Public private partnerships, legal changes and administrative cultures

The British Academy

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