The New WTO Government Procurement Agreement: Its Impact on World Procurement Markets

May 13, 2014

Twenty years after the 1994 version of the WTO Government Procurement Agreement was signed, a new version of the international accord–probably the most important free trade agreement in world public procurement markets–will take effect in April. The United States, the European Union and many other nations, industrialized and not, are members of the GPA, which has been revamped and revised. George Washington University Law School's Government Procurement Law Program is pleased to host this free colloquium, where experts will discuss the new agreement, what is new in this revision, and the likely impact on procurement markets, here and abroad.

Sponsored by The George Washington University Law School Government Procurement Law Program, the International Procurement Committees of the ABA Section of International Law, and the ABA Public Contract Law Section.

Powerpoint Slides

"The Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement: Coming into Force, Textual Improvement, the New E-GPA System, and Future Prospects"
Robert D. Anderson

"The New WTO Government Procurement Agreement – Its Impact on World Procurement Markets"
Jean Heilman Grier

Panelists and Moderators

  • Robert Anderson, World Trade Organization 
  • Jean Heilman Grier, Former Senior Procurement Negotiator, Office of U.S. Trade Representative 
  • Scott Pietan, Director of International Procurement Policy, Office of U.S. Trade Representative 
  • Daniel I. Gordon, Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies, The George Washington University Law School
  • Steven L. Schooner, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law and Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School
  • Joshua I. Schwartz, E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law; Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School
  • Christopher R. Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law; Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School

Supplementary Materials

New Government Procurement Agreement

The European Procurement Directives and The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership: Advancing U.S. - European Trade and Cooperation in Procurement - Christopher Yukins

Implementation of Revised GPA

Revising the GPA: Better Procedural Rules to Enhance Use

Background: New Procurement Opportunities Under Revised GPA

Work Programs for Unfinished Business in Revision of GPA

Need to Initiate GPA Arbitration Process

The WTO's Revised Government Procurement Agreement - An Important Milestone Toward Greater Market Access and Transparency in Global Public Procurement Markets

"A Hidden Statutory Bar to Private Causes of Action for Breaches of the WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement" - Major Daniel E. Schoeni,

"A Balancing Act: State Participation in Free Trade Agreements with 'Sub-Central' Procurement Obligations" - Scott Sheffler


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