Probing the New WTO Government Procurement Agreement

GW Law government contracts faculty members Senior Adviser Daniel I. Gordon and Professors William Kovacic, Steven Schooner, Joshua Schwartz, and Christopher Yukins welcome the World Trade Organization’s Robert Anderson and past and present U.S. Trade Representative procurement negotiators Jean Heilman Grier and Scott Pietan.

GW Law, in conjunction with the ABA Sections of International Law and Public Contract Law, hosted a May colloquium celebrating the new version of the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement. 

The new agreement, building on 20 years of experience and global acquisition reform, heralds the next generation of the global conversation on public procurement minimum standards and, at times, best practices. The panelists opined on the likely impact of the new agreement on procurement markets here and abroad, and discussed the history and analysis of the recent changes.