Straight Talk: Emergency Procurement in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Governments’ procurements of critically needed supplies for COVID-19 – such as ventilators, masks, and other protective equipment – are collapsing in the face of a worldwide pandemic and global shortage. Join the Government Procurement Law Program for this webinar to discuss the emerging economic, business, political, and legal aspects of what may well be the biggest procurement challenge of our time, with private and public experts from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.


  • What critical supplies are needed
  • Where are those supplies, and how are they being sourced
  • How are procurement systems coping
  • What business and legal strategies work
  • Will more international cooperation be needed



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


  • Gian Luigi Albano, Consip
  • Simon Evenett, University of St. Gallen
  • Cao Fuguo, Central University of Finance and Economics
  • Ben Koberna, EASiBUY
  • William E. Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy; Director, Competition Law Center, GW Law