Personality of the Week – DR. SOPE WILLIAMS-ELEGBE, LL.B, LL.M, PHD


Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Lagos Nigeria and Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

(Meet Dr. Sope on Wednesday 12:45 @ The Tax Club Meeting – FLT)

Dr. Sope Williams-Elegbe has an LL.B from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, an LL.M (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate degree in Corruption and Public Procurement Law from the University of Nottingham, UK. Sope has taught law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the universities of Stirling and Nottingham, both in the UK, and has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Lagos. Her research and teaching interests lie in the field of commercial and corporate law, including corporate governance, public procurement law, anti-corruption law, business ethics and international economic law. For several years she contributed to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office sponsored short-course on Responsible Business at the University of No



Sope is the author of several publications, including the book: Fighting Corruption in Public Procurement: A Comparative Analysis of Disqualification or Debarment Measures (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2012). Sope has had her research on public procurement funded by the British Academy in 2006 and 2011. Her research has also been cited by the Constitutional Court of South Africa in the important case of Shaik v The State (2008), in which corruption allegations were leveled against President Jacob Zuma.

She is an editor of the Journal of African Law (Cambridge University Press), the African Journal of Public Procurement (Stellenbosch University) and she sits on the advisory board for the Young African Research Arena and was a reviews editor for the Public Procurement Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell). Sope has been an invited speaker to conferences and workshops in Asia, Europe, the United States and Africa.

Sope is currently the Deputy Director of the African Public Procurement Regulation Research Unit and a Research Fellow at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to this, she was the Head of Research at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Lagos and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Nottingham, UK. Sope is also the Executive Director at the Glass Centre, a legal research and consulting firm based in Lagos.

Sope has provided consultancy services in the form of procurement and anti-corruption training to civil servants from a number of countries and was until 2011, a member of the World Bank’s International Technical Advisory Group and has been involved in advising international financial institutions and government bodies on anti-corruption matters. In 2014 she assisted the UN to develop the guidelines for open government in Africa, a tool to assist African governments implement the principles of open government.



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