Government Contracts Program: Around the Globe

Professor Steven L. Schooner (front row, fourth from left) joins participants of the IMF-CEF-OECD Procurement Conference for MENA states in Kuwait City.

KUWAIT: Professor Steven L. Schooner traveled to Kuwait City in June to participate in a program hosted by the International Monetary Fund’s Middle East Center for Economics and Finance and co-sponsored by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Senior Adviser Daniel I. Gordon participated in a predecessor program in April. These programs, which further the efforts of countries in the region to modernize their governance structures and operations and achieve sustainable economic growth, included representatives from 16 Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) states.  

WALES: Professor Steven Schooner participated in Procurement Week in Cardiff, Wales, in March, sponsored by the University of Bangor Law School and the Welsh government. During the international portion of the conference, he gave a presentation on global procurement trends and moderated a panel of European academics on the use of social policies in public procurement. He also served on the panel of international judges and attended the Welsh Procurement Award ceremony in Cardiff’s iconic City Hall.

ENTEBBE: GW Law Professor Steven L. Schooner (right), pictured here with Ard Venema of the U.N. Procurement Division at the U.N. Mission in Entebbe, Uganda, and Katharine Ghidella of the U.N. Global Service Centre, recently attended a conference in Entebbe. The conference brought together academics, policymakers, U.N. contract managers, and their private-sector counterparts to discuss the challenges they face supporting the U.N.’s missions in unstable and underdeveloped environments around the globe. Discussions centered on difficulties faced in providing necessary services like medical units, basic logistics, information technology, and transportation—including the U.N.’s massive fleet of off-road vehicles—to trouble spots worldwide.

BEIJING: As part of GW Law’s ongoing academic relations with professors in China, Senior Adviser Daniel I. Gordon traveled to Beijing, where he lectured at two universities whose procurement professors have spent a year at GW Law’s Government Procurement Law Program. Mr. Gordon taught a class in government procurement at the University of International Relations at the request of that university’s Professor Zhao Yong. Later, Mr. Gordon spoke to a comparative law seminar on bid protests at the Central University of Finance and Economics, also in Beijing. The session was chaired by Professor Cao Fuguo, who was a Fulbright scholar at GW Law last year.