Suspension and Debarment Colloquium

Panelists at the colloquium included Timothy Dickinson of Paul Hastings; GW Law Assistant Dean Jessica Tillipman; Stephen Zimmermann, director of operations and integrity vice president at the World Bank; Elizabeth Lin Forder, secretary to the Sanctions Board at the World Bank; and Laura Fernandez, suspension and debarment official at the EPA.

The World Bank, in conjunction with GW Law, hosted a broadly attended colloquium on suspension and debarment, a tool used to blacklist irresponsible, corrupt, or otherwise unqualified contractors. 

The May event brought together panels of experts from international organizations, U.S. government agencies, the military, private practice, and academia who compared government, multilateral development bank, and academic perspectives on suspension and debarment systems. Panelists discussed the purposes of suspension and debarment systems, the role of decision makers, differing approaches to the standard for exclusion and requirements of due process, and the relationship of suspension and debarment systems to other corrective measures and remedies. 

The program, along with a similar effort in late 2012, was featured in the World Bank’s recent report on lessons learned in the suspension and debarment area. The World Bank explains that its efforts are part of a larger international movement through which governments and governmental institutions are creating efficient and effective systems for resolving allegations of fraud and corruption in public and donor-financed procurement while ensuring due process and fairness for private-sector participants.