Automatic Cross-Debarment: A Comparative Discussion

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 9–11am
The Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

While U.S. federal agencies have traditionally cross-debarred contractors–once a contractor is debarred by one agency, that contractor is automatically barred by all–cross-debarment is much less common between governments and institutions. Now, the World Bank is considering changes to its sanctions procedures, which would revisit this question of how debarment officials should handle debarments delivered in other jurisdictions -- should they defer, and give other jurisdictions' debarment automatic effect? If so, will automatic debarment be fair?

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9 am: Registration and Coffee

9:30–11 am: Program


  • Frank Fariello, Lead Counsel, Operations Policy, The World Bank, Legal Vice-Presidency
  • Pascale Dubois, Chief Suspension & Debarment Officer, IDA/IBRD, The World Bank
  • Juan Ronderos, Case Officer, IDB Group/Sanctions System
  • Frederic Levy, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
  • Duc Nguyen, Senior Attorney, Acquisition Integrity Program, NASA; Vice Chair, ISDC



David Robbins, As Suspension and Debarment Grows the National Discourse, We Should Not Lose Sight of Broader Procurement Fraud Remedies, 48 Proc. Law. No. 1 (ABA, Fall 2012)

Anne-Marie Leroy & Frank Fariello, The World Bank Group Sanctions Process and Its Recent Reforms (2012)

World Bank Group, Initiating Discussion Brief: Review of the World Bank Group Sanctions Regime 2011-2014: Phase I Review: Stock-Taking (2013)

Christopher R. Yukins, Cross-Debarment: A Stakeholder Analysis, 45 Geo. Wash. U. Int’l L. Rev. 219 (2013)

Consultation on Review of the World Bank Group Sanctions System Overview

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