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 is a research fellow at the University of Speyer (Germany) for the period 2016-2020. 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. 2018: Organisation of a workshop on "Researching administrative power" (Essex, with Professor Peter Cane and financial support from the Society of Legal Scholars) 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


  • PhD University of Cambridge, (2011)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Regulation and administrative law, especially public-private relationships

Public contracts (procurement, enforcement, corruption)

Integrity and ethics in government and business

European administrative law

comparative 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

‘Sanctions on platforms beyond the public / private divide’

8th Annual Cambridge International Law Journal Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 20/3/2019

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

Rome, Italy, 2017

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

Potsnam, Netherlands, 2017

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

Milan, Italy, 2017

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

Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017

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

Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2017

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

London, United Kingdom, 2017

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 (

Strasbourg, France, 2016

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

Antwerp, Belgium, 2016

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)

Bangor, United Kingdom, 2015

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

Brussels, Belgium, 2015

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)

Maastricht, Netherlands, 2014

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

Lille, France, 2014

September 2014: 'Crises and changes in English and French local PPPs', SLS, Comparative Law Section, University of Nottingham

Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2014

May 2014: 'Modification des contrats publics', workshop for continuing education organised by Professor K Wauters (UCL), Brussels and Mons (upon their invitation)

London, United Kingdom, 2014

April 2014: 'Legal Changes and Administrative Cultures - Comparing English and French PPPs', Comparative Public Law Perspectives on Public Private Partnerships, student-led conference, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (upon their invitation)

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2014

April 2014: 'Efficacité et finalité des décisions du juge administratif - Aperçu des tensions dans les pays voisins', La réforme du Conseil d'Etat belge, cycles de conférences organisé par le Centre de droit public de l'ULB (upon their invitation)


September 2012: 'Reforms in English public private partnerships - An institutional investigation', SLS Conference 2012, Public law section, Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom, 2012

September 2011: 'Corruption and conflicts of interest in public contracts', Sciences Po Paris and Economic Efficiency of the Law, Paris (upon their invitation)

Paris, France, 2011

September 2011: 'Complex construction projects between partnering and remedies', 2011 COBRA/RICS Conference, Salford (Manchester)

Salford, United Kingdom, 2011

September 2011: 'Local government and public private partnerships - Politics of French and English reforms compared', SLS Conference 2011, Comparative law section, Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2011

February 2011: 'L'autonomie de la volonté et les contrats avec l'autorité publique', Business & Contracts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (upon their invitation)

Brussels, Belgium, 2011

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • French Private Law I (LW112)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)


Journal articles (11)

Marique, Y. and Van Garsse, S., 'La motivation formelle des actes administratifs en Belgique’. Cahiers de la Recherche sur les Droits Fondamentaux. 17 (2019)

Marique, Y. and Marique, E., ‘Sanctions on digital platforms – Beyond the public-private divide’. Cambridge International Law Journal. 8 (2)

Marique, E. and Marique, Y., Sanctions on digital platforms: Balancing proportionality in a modern public square. Computer Law and Security Review

Marique, Y., (2019). 'Quarante ans d’évolution des relations entre les citoyens et l’administration au Royaume-Uni’. Annuaire européen d’administration publique. 2017, 313-347

Marique, Y. and Wauters, K., (2019). ‘Social dumping in Belgian procurement supply chain’. Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law. 2018, 403-436

Marique, Y. and Van Garsse, S., (2018). Public-private co-operation and judicial review - A case study drawn from European infrastructure projects. European Public Law. 24 (3), 515-538

Marique, Y. and Wauters, K., (2018). La lutte contre le dumping social dans la sous-traitance de marchés publics. Marchés et Contrats Publics. 2018 (1), 57-88

Marique, YM., (2018). Susan Rose-Ackerman, Peter Lindseth and Blake Emerson (eds.), Comparative Administrative Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing 2017, 2nd edn., ISBN 9781784718657, xxii + 723 pp.. Review of European Administrative Law. 2018 (1), 77-81

Bousta, R. and Marique, Y., (2016). Taking Comparative Administrative Law (Almost) Seriously? Comparative Administrative Law in French & Belgium Legal Education. Maastricht Faculty of Law Working Paper (2016)

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), 53-70

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), 119-157

Books (4)

Abderemane, K., Claeys, A., Langelier, E., Marique, Y. and Perroud, T., (2019). Manuel de droit comparé des administrations européennes. Larcier. 2804487067. 9782804487065

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

Book chapters (16)

Marique, Y., ‘Principles of good administration in Belgium – Opportunities and challenges in a pluralistic and pragmatic society’. In: The Added Value of the Council of European – Pan-European principles of good administration in Member States. Editors: Stelkens, U. and Andrijauskaite, A., . Oxford University Press

Marique, Y., Europafreundlichkeit auf Belgisch: Umsetzung von Umweltrichtlinien (organisatorische und verfahrenstechnische Aspekte). In: Die Umsetzung organisations- und verfahrensrechtlicher Vorgaben des europäischen Umweltrechts in ausgewählten Mitgliedstaaten. Editors: Fraenkel-Haeberle, C., Sommermann, K-P. and Socher, J., . Duncker & Humblot

Marique, Y., Les missions de contrôle de l'administration de l'Union européenne - Un système fragmenté en voie de perfectionnement progressif. In: Traité de droit administratif européen. Editors: Auby, J-B. and Dutheil de la Rochère, J., . Bruylant

Marique, YM., (2019). Article 9: Public procurement and management of public finances. In: Commentary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Editors: Rose, C., Kubiciel, M. and Landwehr, O., . Oxford University Press

Marique, Y. and Van Garsse, S., (2019). Setting up public-private partnerships in smart cities - An exploration of legal techniques and some challenges. In: Le Futur du Droit Administratif / The Future of Administrative Law. Editors: Auby, J-B., . LexisNexis. 343- 362. 978-2-7110-3053-8

Marique, Y. and Slautsky, E., (2018). Freedom of Information in France: Law and Practice. In: The Laws of Transparency in Action. Editors: Dragos, D., Kovac, P. and Marseille, AT., . Palgrave. 73- 118. 978-3-319-76459-7

Marique, E. and Marique, Y., (2018). Uber in London: The battle between public and private regulation. In: Uber & Taxis : Comparative Law Studies. Editors: Renders, D. and Noguellou, R., . Bruylant. 163- 200. 978-2802762263

Marique, YM. and Munungu Lungungu, K., (2018). Les marchés publics : un levier efficace dans la mise en oeuvre des obligations sociales et environnementales ?. In: Les marchés publics. Editors: Vandeburie, A., . Larcier. 53- 137

Marique, YM., (2017). The Shaping of Federal Administrative Justice in Belgium: Recasting Citizens–administration Relationships. In: Administrative Justice in Wales and Comparative Perspectives. Editors: Nason, S., . University of Wales Press. 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 ?. Editors: Marique, Y. and Wauters, K., . Larcier. 197- 215

Marique, Y., (2015). English judges: little mice in the big business of corruption?. In: The Impact of Corruption on International Commercial Contracts. Editors: Bonell, MJ. and Meyer, O., . Springer. 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. Editors: Auby, J., Breen, E. and Perroud, T., . Edward Elgar Publishing. 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. Editors: Durviaux, AL., Marique, Y. and Vandeburie, A., . Anthemis. 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?. Editors: Feltkamp, R. and Vanbossele, F., . Intersentia. 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]. Editors: Lich�re, F., . Emile Bruylant. 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. Editors: Boele-Woelki, K. and Van Erp, S., . Bruylant/Eleven publishing. 589- 636

Conferences (2)

Marique, YM. and Munungu Lungungu, K., (2018). Les marchés publics : un levier efficace dans la mise en oeuvre des obligations sociales et environnementales ?

Marique, Y. and Van Garsse, S., (2018). Public-private relationships and smart cities – Opportunities and challenges for innovation

Grants and funding


Researching Administrative Power Workshop

Society of Legal Scholars


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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