Dr Mary Guy

School of Law

Mary joined LJMU in January 2023 as Senior Lecturer in Public and EU Law, and in the 2022/23 academic year is module leader for Law of the Single Market of the EU (Level 5). She is also LJMU's representative in the British Association for Comparative Law (BACL).

Prior to joining LJMU, Mary was Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University, where she was also Director of International Programmes and Student Exchange and Director of Admissions, and supervised PhD candidates as well as Masters and Undergraduate dissertations. She has also held visiting researcher posts at the Brussels School of International Studies, the University of Amsterdam and Maastricht University.

Mary's research interests focus primarily on the interaction of EU and national law and policy in the healthcare context. Her first monograph was published by Intersentia in 2019, and she has published book chapters with Hart, Edward Elgar and OUP, as well as a range of articles in leading journals such as Public Law, Legal Studies, the European Journal of Risk Regulation, Health Economics, Policy and Law, and the Medical Law Review.

Mary was awarded a highly competitive British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Grant and has obtained further external funding from the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) for the establishment of the EU Health Governance research network (https://euhealthgov.org/). She has also established a successful virtual seminar series, Health in Europe, which showcases a range of research across Europe and North America (https://www.youtube.com/@healthineurope2020).

Mary has presented her research at top universities and organisations such as LSE; the European University Institute Florence; Bristol; Edinburgh; Amsterdam and Maastricht; as well as the Nuffield Trust; the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets, and the Dutch Healthcare Authority. Her written evidence was accepted by the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee's Inquiries into the 2019 NHS Long Term Plan and the White Paper preceding the Health and Care Act 2022.

Mary's research expertise has led to collaborations with academics and practitioners in the UK and abroad (particularly Brussels and the Netherlands). She welcomes strong proposals for doctoral and post-doctoral research in the broad areas of EU law, public law, health and welfare.


Dutch; Flemish


2016, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, PhD
2012, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, LLM International Competition Law and Policy
2011, University of the West of England, United Kingdom, Legal Practice Course
2008, University of Law (Birmingham), United Kingdom, Graduate Diploma in Law
2001, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, Interpreting and Translating with French and German Language

Academic appointments

LJMU Law School Representative, British Association for Comparative Law (BACL), LJMU, 2023 - present
External Examiner, Newcastle University, 2020 - present
Visiting Researcher, Brussels School of International Studies, 2020 - 2020
Visiting Researcher, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), University of Amsterdam, 2020 - 2020
Visiting Researcher, Law Faculty, Maastricht University, 2020 - 2020
External Examiner, Northumbria University, 2017 - 2022
Lecturer in Law, Lancaster University, 2016 - 2023


Guy M. 2023. COVID-19: An Accelerating Force for EU Activity in Health? Seeleib-Kaiser M, Boerner S. European Social Policy and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges to National Welfare and EU Policy :246-cp10125 Oxford University Press. New York 9780197676219 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Guy M. 2022. Competition Law, Inequalities and Healthcare: Insights from EU and National Frameworks Broulik J, Cseres K. Competition Law and Economic Inequality Bloomsbury Publishing 9781509959235 Publisher Url

Guy M. State Aid and Healthcare: between competition and constitutionalism Ghazaryan N, van de Gronden J, Tans S, Veenbrink M. Services of General (Economic) Interest: State of Play and Current Challenges TMC Asser Press. The Hague

Journal article

Guy M. 2023. (How) is COVID-19 reframing the interaction between the NHS and private healthcare? Medical Law International, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Guy M. 2023. Dealing with “unworkable ideas in primary legislation”: Juridifying and dejuridifying competition in the English National Health Service Public Law, :57-80 Publisher Url Public Url

Guy M. 2020. Towards a European Health Union: What Role for Member States? European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11 :757-765 DOI Publisher Url

Brooks E, Guy M. 2020. EU health law and policy: shaping a future research agenda Health Economics, Policy and Law, 16 :1-7 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Van De Gronden JW, Guy M. 2020. The role of EU competition law in health care and the 'undertaking' concept Health Economics, Policy and Law, 16 :76-89 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Guy M. 2019. Between 'going private' and 'NHS privatisation': Patient choice, competition reforms and the relationship between the NHS and private healthcare in England Legal Studies, 39 :479-498 DOI Publisher Url

Guy M. 2018. Jeroen Chorus, Ewoud Hondius and Wim Voermans (eds), Introduction to Dutch Law Edinburgh Law Review, 22 :179-180 DOI Publisher Url

Guy M. 2017. Eleanor D. Kinney, The Affordable Care Act and Medicare in Comparative Context Medical Law Review, 25 :684-691 DOI Publisher Url

Den Exter AP, Guy MJ. 2014. Market competition in health care markets in the Netherlands: Some lessons for England? Medical Law Review, 22 :255-273 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Guy M. Medical Visions: Producing the Patient Through Film, Television, and Imaging Technologies Medical Law Review, :fwv033-fwv033 DOI Publisher Url

Book review

Guy M. 2022. David Orentlicher and Tamara K.Hervey (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Health Law Medical Law Review, 30 :762-767 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Books (authored)

Guy M. 2019. Competition Policy in Healthcare - Frontiers in Insurance-Based and Taxation-Funded Systems Intersentia. Cambridge 9781780686493 Publisher Url

Other invited event:

"Competition Law and Economic Inequality" book launch, University of Amsterdam, After a short introduction by the editors, Martijn Snoep (Chairman of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, ACM) and Damien Gerard (Prosecutor general, Belgian Competition Authority / Visiting Professor, UCLouvain and College of Europe) will comment upon the different sections of the book. This will be followed by comments from one of the contributors to the book, Dr Mary Guy (Liverpool John Moores).. 2023

Services of General (Economic) Interest: State of Play and Current Challenges, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, The 6th Radboud Economic Law Conference aims to provide a forum where scholars, law enforcers, judges, students, practitioners and legal experts can debate these important issues. This one-day conference will feature keynote speeches by: Anna Gerbrandy, Professor of Competition law, Utrecht University Mary Guy, Lecturer in law, Lancaster University Esther van Zimmeren, Associate Professor of IP law and governance and member of the Jean Monet Center of Excellence ACTORE, University of Antwerp https://www.ru.nl/law/research/radboud-economic-law-conference/services-general-economic-interest-state-play/. 2022

Public health in the EU: 30 years since the Maastricht Treaty, Brussels, This in-person conference, organised by the European Policy Centre as part of the Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society (CHES), and Maastricht University, will reflect on public health and health policy in the EU over the last three decades, taking stock of the developments and changes since 1992. The event will look at the state of health in Europe today while also discussing the future of health in the EU. Three panel discussions will take place, namely: 1. Panel 1 - 30 years since Maastricht: The evolution of public health in the EU 2. Panel 2 - Health and the EU today 3. Panel 3 - The future of health in the EU https://www.epc.eu/en/events/Public-health-in-the-EU-30-years~48c100. 2022

Towards a European Health Union - What Role for Member States?, Faculti.Net - Online, https://faculti.net/towards-a-european-health-union-what-role-for-member-states/. 2021

Research Grants Awarded:

University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), EU Health Governance, Dr Eleanor Brooks (Edinburgh); Dr Charlotte Godziewski (City), Grant value (£): £6000, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2021

British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant, EU Health Policy and Law - Shaping a Future Research Agenda, Dr Eleanor Brooks (Edinburgh), Grant value (£): £9800, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2018

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. 2020

Editorial boards:

Legal Issues of Services of General Interest Series, TMC Asser Press, https://www.asser.nl/asserpress/books/?cat=8&subject=&serie=12. 2018