Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement

A Comparative Analysis of Disqualification or Debarment Measures

By Sope Williams-Elegbe

This book examines the issues and challenges raised by the debarment or disqualification of corrupt suppliers from public contracts. Implementing a disqualification mechanism in public procurement raises serious practical and conceptual difficulties, which are not always considered by legislative provisions on disqualification. Some of the problems that may arise from the use of disqualifications include determining whether a conviction for corruption ought to be a pre-requisite to disqualification, bearing in mind that corruption thrives in secret, resulting in a dearth of convictions. Another issue is determining how to balance the tension between granting adequate procedural safeguards to a supplier in disqualification proceedings and not delaying the procurement process. A further issue is determining the scope of the disqualification, in the sense of determining whether it applies to firms, natural persons, subcontractors, subsidiaries, or other persons related to the corrupt firm and whether disqualification will lead to the termination of existing contracts. The book compares and contrasts the legal, practical, and institutional approaches to the implementation of the disqualification mechanism in the US, the UK, the EU, the Republic of South Africa, and the World Bank. (Series: Studies in International Law - Vol. 42)


356 pages

Publication Date: 11/1/2012
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781849460200