Public Procurement: A Human Rights Perspective

Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga 

Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga
Constitutional Court of South Africa

Join the Government Procurement Law Program and International and Comparative Law Program for a conference on human rights issues arising in the context of public procurement, featuring panel discussions, a workshop for students, and a luncheon keynote by Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Professor Ralph Steinhardt, Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, will moderate the first panel. Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean of Field Placement, will moderate the second panel.


10 am: Welcome Remarks

10:05 am: Human rights issues are acute in various public procurement environments – what are the state, corporate, and individual interests?

  • Ralph Steinhardt, Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law & Jurisprudence, Co-Founder, GW-Oxford Programme in International Human Rights Law (moderator)
  • Agnieszka Fryszman, Cohen Milstein
  • John Morrell, Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Martina Vandenberg, Human Trafficking Legal Center

11:15 am: Break

11:25 am: Corruption as a violation of human rights - what means do development organizations have for addressing corruption risk in procurement and grants?

  • Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean of Field Placement and Senior Editor,The FCPA Blog (moderator)
  • Benedetta Audia, United Nations 
  • Diomedes Berroa, World Bank
  • Jun Jin, USAID

12:45 pm: Luncheon hosted by Dean Blake Morant

  • Keynote Address: The role of courts in protecting public funds and holding persons and institutions accountable
    • Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga, Constitutional Court of South Africa (invited)

2:30 pm: Student Scholarly Presentations 

Students present their papers to Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga, Professor Christopher Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor in Government Law, and Professor Joshua Schwartz, E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law.