AFRICAN PROCUREMENT LAW UNIT
The African Procurement Law Unit (APLU) was created in 2012 as a research unit within the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University. Initially called the African Public Procurement Regulation Research Unit (APPRRU), the name was shortened to the current African Procurement Law Unit (APLU) in 2016. The aims of the unit are to promote research on public procurement regulation on the African continent, training in public procurement regulation and the building of networks in Africa and with similar units elsewhere such as the PPRG. The unit is meant to provide a permanent platform for in-depth research in an area of law that is critical to development in Africa, but currently largely neglected.
APLU has established a continental footprint by means of researchers associated with the Unit based in a number of African countries and continues to develop this network. The Unit also engages closely with initiatives of the global Procurement Law Academic Network (www.planpublicprocurement.org/main) as a vehicle to bring a collective African perspective to the study of public procurement law internationally.
APLU is home to the African Public Procurement Law Journal, an online open-access academic journal focusing on public procurement law relevant to Africa. APLU also maintains an African bibliography on public procurement scholarship, which is published on its website.
Prof Geo Quinot, of the Department of Public Law at Stellenbosch University, is the Director of the Unit with Prof Phoebe Bolton, also at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Public Law, and Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe, of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mercantile Law, as Deputy Directors.