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Procurement in the time of COVID-19

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81–87
Number of pages7
JournalNorthern Ireland Legal Quarterly
Issue number1
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Apr 2020
DatePublished (current) - 22 Apr 2020


This piece reflects on the role of public procurement regulation in the face of a situation generating an extremely urgent need for the public sector to buy additional supplies and equipment, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Counterintuitively, at a time of heightened public expenditure, public procurement rules are ‘deactivated’. That does not mean that unusual procurement mechanism are not ‘activated’, though, as the example of the EU’s Joint Procurement Agreement shows. It also does not mean that ‘reactivating’ public procurement regulation will not present challenges, some of which deserve careful consideration.

    Structured keywords

  • LAW Centre for Global Law and Innovation
  • LAW Centre for Health Law and Society

    Research areas

  • extreme emergency, economic stimulus, public procurement, joint procurement agreement, covid-19, healthcare procurement



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