Martin Trybus


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European Law
European defence and security integration
Public procurement
Professor Trybus provides doctoral supervision and supervision for other research degrees offered by the University of Birmingham. Particular areas of expertise and interest include public procurement law and policy generally (not only in relation to the EU) and European law and policy, especially in relation to defence integration.

He has supervised research students undertaking research in the following areas:

Barriers to a Transatlantic defence procurement market
European defence procurement regulation
The coherence of EU external relations law towards Sub Saharan Africa
Public procurement and State aids
Public procurement review and remedies
The procurement remedy of ineffectiveness in English law
The promotion of SMEs through public procurement law: a model for Africa
The public procurement chapters of Free Trade Agreements of the EU


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Personal profile


Martin Trybus read law at the Free University of Berlin (Referendarexamen 1994) before completing his studies for a LL.M. in Business Law (1995) and for a Ph.D. (1997) at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He qualified in Germany (Assessorexamen 1999), having also completed a stage with the European Commission in Brussels (1999), before starting as a lecturer at the University of Nottingham (2000). He was visiting scholar at George Washington University Law School in Washington DC (2003), at the University of Cape Town (2004), and visiting fellow at the University of Utrecht (2004). An AHRC Research Leave Award (2003-2004) led to his European Union Law and Defence Integration (2005). At the beginning of his Senior Lectureship at the University of Sheffield (2006) he was seconded as Senior Adviser to the SIGMA programme of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris where he coordinated a number of major studies on public procurement in Europe financed by the European Commission. Professor Trybus joined Birmingham Law School in 2007. He served on the Procurement Review Board of the European Space Agency (ESA) 2010-16 and again from 2020 and was Senior Research Fellow with RAND Europe 2014-16. In 2021 he was appointed Visiting Fellow at the University of Utrecht. 2017-21 Professor Trybus coordinated a Marie Skłodowska Curie (Horizon 2020) Innovative Training Network on the EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP) 2021-2025 is Director of Training on another such Network on Sustainability and Procurement in International, European, and National Systems (SAPIENS NETWORK).

Research interests

The research of Martin Trybus aims to make a contribution to the understanding and development of the Law of the European Union, especially its economic and constitutional aspects, to establish ‘EU Defence and Security Law’ as a separate legal subject, and to contribute to the understanding and development of public procurement regulation and policy in general and EU public procurement law in particular.

He is the author of three monographs (‘European Defence Procurement Law’, ‘European Union Law and Defence Integration’, and ‘Buying Defence and Security in Europe’) and seven edited collections. He is currently working on research projects relating to the use of public procurement to promote the participation of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, national security in EU law after the Defence Package, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  

Listen to Professor Trybus' 2009 inaugural lecture 'The Legal Foundations of a European Army'.



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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

European Space Agency

1 Oct 202030 Sept 2026

Utrecht University

1 Oct 2020 → …


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