Automatic Cross-Debarment: A Comparative Discussion

Panelists at the Cross-Debarment Colloquium included (from left) GW Law Assistant Dean Jessica Tillipman; Juan Ronderos, IDB Group/Sanctions System; Frank Fariello, lead counsel, Operations Policy, the World Bank, Legal Vice Presidency; GW Law Professor Christopher R. Yukins; Pascale Helene Dubois, chief suspension and debarment officer, IDA/IBRD, the World Bank; GW Law Professorial Lecturer Fred Levy, McKenna Long & Aldridge; and Duc Nguyen, senior attorney, NASA, and vice chair, ISDC. 

GW Law hosted a comparative colloquium last fall discussing automatic cross-debarment of firms that run afoul of governments or international organizations in performing government contracts. 

As the World Bank considers changes to its sanctions procedures, attorneys and private industry are anxious to know how debarment officials should handle debarments delivered in other jurisdictions or by international organizations. The panelists discussed, among other things, the level of deference that is appropriate or whether automatic cross-debarment could be fairly implemented.