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Event: The Fourth Suspension and Debarment Colloquium (DC - September 14)

The World Bank is hosting the Fourth Colloquium on Suspension and Debarment in Washington, DC on September 14.

This all-day event is free of charge and is suitable for both general participants and experts.

It will showcase recent developments in suspension and debarment systems worldwide, examining the various uses of suspension and debarment in the procurement and anti-corruption contexts.

This event is organized by the World Bank Office of Suspension and Debarment.

Partners include the African Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the ABA Section of International Law, the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division Anti-Corruption Committee, and The Washington Foreign Law Society, among others.

Among the many panelists are:

Jamieson Smith, the acting Suspension and Debarment Officer for the World Bank

Maria Swaby, the Suspension and Debarment Official for the U.S. General Services Administration

John T. Boese, a nationally recognized expert on the civil False Claims Act, the qui tam enforcement mechanism, and resolving criminal, civil, and debarment/exclusion actions

Jessica Tillipman, a senior editor of the FCPA Blog and the Assistant Dean for Field Placement and Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, and

Prof. Sope Williams-Elegbe, Professor of Law and the deputy director of the African Procurement Law Unit, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

They'll discuss recent trends and developments in the suspension and debarment arena, both at the national and international level, and will compare and contrast a range of national suspension and debarment systems and their impact on small versus large businesses.

Some questions panelist will examine are: How has suspension and debarment changed over the years? How are national procurement systems making use of suspension and debarment? How often is suspension and debarment being applied to individuals and small and medium enterprises, and how do their experiences differ from larger corporations?

Building on themes discussed in the previous Colloquia, this year’s Colloquium will also examine suspension and debarment as it relates to the development missions of several of the multilateral development banks.

Date: September 14, 2017

Time: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Location: The World Bank, 1818 H St. NW, Washington DC 20433

Room: Preston Auditorium

RSVP: By Friday, September 11 at OSDrsvp@WORLDBANK.ORG

The full agenda and speakers list are here.