Bid Challenges: International Perspectives

Since the first bid protest decision at the U.S. Government Accounting Office in 1926, bid challenges have spread around the world to become critical parts of most procurement systems. In an important study underway this summer, the United States will be assessing a basic question in bid challenges: their purpose. Are bid challenge procedures intended to remedy harms to bidders, or are they early-warning systems intended to make the public procurement system work better? 

Join King's College, London, and the George Washingotn University Law School for a webinar in which leading procurement lawyers and academics from around the world will join to discuss these basic questions:  

  • What is the purpose of bid challenges?  How have they evolved?
  • Who should be able to bring challenges — and why?  
  • How often do bid challenges arise?  Are they disruptive?
  • And if bid challenges are to reduce risks of corruption and mistakes in public procurement, how should they be structured and handled?

Practitioner panelists:

  • Kristina Arcara, Battelle (Columbus)
  • Michael Bowsher QC, Monckton Chambers (London)
  • Matt Carter, Pillsbury Winthrop (Los Angeles)
  • Roland Stein, BLOMSTEIN (Berlin)
  • Katarzyna Kuzma, DZP (Warsaw)
  • Paul Lalonde, Dentons (Toronto)
  • Johannes Schnitzer, McKinsey (Vienna)

Academic Panelists:

  • Jean-Bernard Auby, SciencesPo (Paris) (emeritus)
  • Annamaria La Chimia and Peter Trepte, University of Nottingham (UK)
  • Laurence Folliot Lalliot, University of Paris – Nanterre
  • Michal Kania, University of Silesia (Katowice)
  • Geo Quinot, Stellenbosch University (South Africa)
  • Gabriella Racca, University of Torino (Turin)
  • Christopher Yukins, GW Law (Washington, DC) (moderator)

Coordinated with:

  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • ABA Public Contract Law Section – International Procurement Committee & Bid Protest Committee
  • ABA Section of International Law – International Procurement Committee

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