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Fifth Suspension and Debarment Colloquium

September 22, 2020

Washington, D.C.

Given the unpredictable nature and growing health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the World Bank Group’s Senior Management has imposed certain protective measures, including limits on travel and large gatherings, to ensure the safety of participants and staff.  In line with their guidance, we have decided to postpone the Fifth International Debarment Colloquium, which had been scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020.  This is an unfortunate outcome, but we remain hopeful that it will allow for a safer and more secure future event.

We have rescheduled the Colloquium to Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC.  We will update the website with more information and look forward to an engaging Colloquium in the fall. 



  • This event is free of charge and is suitable for both general participants and experts.



    Join representatives from multilateral organizations, government, private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia for a day of roundtable panel discussions and networking.

  • 5th International Suspension and Debarment Colloquium 


    Morning Session

    8:00 am -

    9:00 am

    Registration and Light Breakfast – World Bank MC Front Lobby



    9:00 am -

    9:05 am

    Welcome Message:

    Jamieson A. Smith, Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer, World Bank


    9:05 am -

    9:20 am


    Introductory Remarks:



    9:20 am -

    10:35 am


    Roundtable 1: A Global Survey of Debarment: How is Debarment Used by Countries, the Private Sector, and State-Owned Enterprises?

    Panelists will compare and contrast the use of debarment by governments and entities from all around the world.  Drawing from the efforts of the Global Suspension and Debarment Survey, panelists will examine the different ways that procurement systems and country governments utilize debarment to ensure best value, protect the public fisc, and reduce risk.  Panelists will also examine the use of debarment by state-owned enterprises and the private sector.  To what extent do private and state-owned entities have greater flexibility than governments to decide their business partners?


    • Moderator: Collin Swan, Counsel, World Bank Office of Suspension & Debarment (Washington DC)


    • Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean for Field Placement; Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School (Washington DC)


    • Juan Ronderos, Sanctions Officer, Inter-American Development Bank Group (Washington DC)


    • Roland Stein, Partner, Blomstein (Germany)


    • Adriana Dantas, Member of Petrobras' Independent Board Committee on Sanctions and Disciplinary Measures (Brazil)


    • Kjell Kristian Dørum, Council on Ethics, Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (Norway)


    10:35 am -

    10:50 am


    Coffee Break

    10:50 am -

    12:05 pm


    Roundtable 2: The Importance of Transparency: Efforts to Enforce Debarment Decisions

    Panelists will discuss how different debarment regimes ensure that debarred suppliers do not receive future contracts.  In many jurisdictions, this takes the form of a public debarment list that contracting authorities are required to check before awarding contracts.  But in other jurisdictions, enforcement is generally limited to a bidder’s self-disclosure obligation.  To what extent does the public nature of a debarment decision enhance the broader due diligence efforts of government agencies and third parties?  Are there benefits to having jurisdictions share information?


    • Moderator:  Peter Trepte, Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham (United Kingdom)


    • Christopher Yukins, Lynn David Research Professor of Government Procurement Law, The George Washington University Law School (Washington DC)


    • Alexandra Habershon, Program Coordinator, WB Governance Global Practice (Washington DC)


    • Giuliana Dunham Irving, Executive Secretary to the World Bank Group Sanctions Board(Washington DC)


    • Lisa Miller, Integrity Compliance Officer, Integrity Vice Presidency, World Bank Group (Washington DC)



    12:05 pm -

    1:15 pm

    Lunch – World Bank MC Front Lobby




    Afternoon Session




    1:15 pm -

    2:30 pm



    Roundtable 3: The "Other" Grounds: A Look at Performance- and Capacity-Based Debarments

    Panelists will discuss the use of suspension and debarment based on a supplier’s lack of capacity or failure to perform.  In the international context, debarment is often viewed as a tool to address fraud, corruption, and other instances of misconduct.  But in many debarment systems around the world, suppliers could face debarment for a wide range of reasons, not all of which relate to the supplier’s integrity.  To what extent do debarments differ when based on a supplier’s capacity or failure to perform?


    • Moderator:  Steven L. Schooner, Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law, The George Washington University Law School (Washington DC)
    • Belita Manka, Senior Counsel, World Bank Legal Procurement (Washington DC)
    • Michal Kania, Professor, Silesian University (Poland)
    • Duc Nguyen, Senior Debarring Official, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington DC)
    • Katarzyna Kuźma, Partner, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp. k., (Poland)



    2:30 pm -

    2:45 pm


    Coffee Break


    2:45 pm -

    4:00 pm



    Roundtable 4: Is Debarment Anti-Competitive?: The Contexts of Competition Law and International Development

    Panelists will discuss the growing relevance of competition law in the context of debarment.  Price fixing, bid rigging, and other collusive behavior have long been common reasons to exclude a supplier from the procurement marketplace.  At the same time, the decision to debar a supplier can itself impact the competitive nature of the marketplace and the availability of contractors.  Do the potentially anti-competitive effects of debarment impact the broader goals of procurement?  What are the main challenges facing procurement systems, both at the national level and among multilateral development banks (MDBs), to protect against anti-competitive behavior by suppliers?  What other potential remedies besides debarment are available to these systems?


    ·      Moderator:  William Kovacic, Professor, GW Law School (Washington DC)

    ·      Smokin Wanjala, AfDB Sanctions Commissioner, Judge at the Supreme Court of Kenya (Kenya)

    ·      Paul Kearney, Chief Counsel & Enforcement Commissioner, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (United Kingdom)

    ·      Songezo Mabece, Attorney, Competition Commission of South Africa (South Africa)

    ·      Wojciech Hartung, Counsel, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp. k. (Poland)


    4:00 pm -

    6:00 pm

    Reception – World Bank MC Front Lobby







  • DATE: September 22, 2020
  • TIME: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • LOCATION: The World Bank, 1818 H St. NW, Washington D.C. 20433
  • ROOM: Preston Auditorium
  • CONTACT: Caroline Wachtell
  • cwachtell@worldbank.org