Exclusion and Debarment in Procurement

Join GW Law and the Kings College London Dickson Poon School of Law for their annual symposium on transatlantic issues in procurement, which will focus on debarment and exclusion. Effective international trade in government procurement depends on predictable legal structures, including those that address corruption and misconduct in tender processes. At this point, the purchaser’s primary tools to maintain integrity, debarment or exclusion, remain wildly out of sync on both sides of the Atlantic. Judges, government officials, attorneys, and professors from the multilateral development banks, the European Union, and the United States will join to discuss the best ways forward to harmonize a common approach to debarment in international trade.

Agenda

10-10:15 am: Introductions

10:15-11:15 am: Panel 1: Establishing and Running an Exclusion System 

Moderator

  • Pascale Dubois, Integrity Vice President, World Bank*

Panelists

  • Kai Hooghoff, Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office), Germany
  • Duc Nguyen, Suspension and Debarment Official, US Environmental Protection Agency*
  • Olivier Waelbroeck, European Debarment and Exclusion System 

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Panel 2: Sanctions and Exclusion at the Multilateral Development Banks 

Moderator

  • Christopher R. Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor in Government Procurement Law; Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program, GW Law

Panelists

  • Pascale Dubois, Integrity Vice President, World Bank*
  • Paul Kearney, Chief Counsel and Enforcement Commissioner, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Collin Swan, World Bank Suspension and Debarment Office

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-2:30 pm: View from the Private Bar

Moderator

  • Michael Bowsher QC

Panelists

  • Dominique Casimir, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC
  • Vera Eiro, Linklaters, Lisbon
  • Pascal Friton, Blomstein, Berlin
  • Paul Khoury, Wiley Rein, Washington, DC
  • John Pachter, Smith Pachter McWhorter, Tysons Corner, VA

2:30-3:30 pm: Interactions between Public Procurement and Criminal and Civil Claims for Breach of Competition Law and Corruption

Moderator

  • Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean for Field Placement; Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law

Panelist

  • Professor Alison Jones, King’s College London

3:30-4 pm: Tea

4-5 pm: Judges Panel - On Competition, Corruption, and Procurement

Moderator

  • Michael Bowsher QC

Panelists

  • Professor Carl Baudenbacher, former President of the European Free Trade Association States Court, Monckton Chambers
  • Judge Katja Hoegh, Chair, Østre Landsret (High Court of Eastern Denmark), Copenhagen*
  • Judge Helena Rosenandersson, Swedish Supreme Administrative Court
  • Judge Marc Steiner, Swiss Federal Administrative Court
  • Judge Christopher Vajda, Court of Justice for the European Union

*invited