Penelope-Alexia Giosa is a PhD candidate (2015-2019) in Competition Law and Public Procurement at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the United Kingdom. For her PhD studies she was awarded the highly competitive UEA Postgraduate Studentship by the Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School (SSF). Her PhD thesis studies the effectiveness of the current public procurement regime and the extent to which public procurement rules facilitate or on the contrary deter bid rigging. Penelope’s research interests broadly lie in comparative (EU, UK, US) competition law, competition law enforcement and regulatory law (public-private partnerships and utilities law). During her research stay at Georgetown University Penelope will assess the current state of the damages claims under Section 4A of the Clayton Act against the qui tam suits. She will examine how these two remedies interrelate, as qui tam suits are also a form of relief available to the US government for the financial harm the latter may have suffered as a result of bid rigging.
Penelope is also a lecturer at University of Portsmouth and a qualified lawyer in both Greece and Cyprus. Before joining UEA and the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) in 2015, she was working as the head attorney in Administrative and Family Law department of a leading law firm in Cyprus. In March 2016, she was appointed by the University of Cambridge, Department of Sociology, as a research assistant on DIGIWHIST project. She has teaching experience in the areas of Contract Law, Competition Law as well as Business and Employment Law. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.
She studied law in her homeland Greece, at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (LLB, ptychion), at University College London (UCL) (LLM in International Business Law) and at University of East Anglia (UEA) (LLM in International Commercial and Competition Law). She also holds a Diploma in Comparative law (1st cycle) from the International Faculty of Comparative Law in Strasbourg and a Postgraduate Certificate in Management of Shipping Companies from National and Kapodestrian University of Athens.