The International Law Institute will be hosting a seminar on Procurement Integrity: Preventing, Investigating, and Prosecuting Fraud, in Washington, D.C. from September 4-22, 2017. Tom Caulfield and Sheryl Steckler, course advisors for the seminar, express the importance of ensuring a culture “dedicated to procurement integrity” as they detailed the five main points for protecting an organization from procurement abuse.

These five points were outlined as:

  1. Identifying your organization’s unique vulnerabilities and degree of risk to fraud and abuse schemes;
  2. Building a strong mitigation strategy that specifies systems, processes, procedures, and policies to protect against procurement misconduct;
  3. Establishing an understanding of the risk(s) and strategy(s) across all levels of the organization and each person’s role in the mitigation strategy;
  4. Periodically examining the effectiveness of the mitigation plan; and
  5. Enforcing a culture dedicated to procurement integrity above all other motivations.

 

Caulfield and Steckler continued to emphasize the importance of establishing a work environment built on procurement integrity, as it is the “cornerstone to sustainability of contracting integrity for not just a single entity, but a nation.” While addressing procurement fraud and abuse can be a challenging task, strategies detailed in the Procurement Integrity Seminar explain how to “make an honest commitment to ensure a fair, honest, and legal procurement environment in an organization.”

Sheryl Steckler was formerly the Inspector General for Palm Beach County and the Department of Children and Families, State of Florida. She is currently the President of Procurement Integrity Consulting Services, a Certified Inspector General, and Certified Inspector General Investigator.

Tom Caulfield is the former Executive Director of Training for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. He is presently the Chief Operating Officer for Procurement Integrity Consulting Services and was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice National Procurement Fraud Task-Force.


By Catherine Nolan


For more information on:   Procurement Integrity: Prevention, Investigation, and Prosecution of Fraud


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Upcoming Seminars:
LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
September 25 - October 6, 2017

This seminar focuses on skills necessary to sustain a modern legislature. Elected officials and legislative staff at the National, State, and International level are ideal candidates for this seminar. Legislatures work under constant pressure to enact laws and review national policies efficiently and effectively in an ever-changing and complex environment. Working in this environment requires close attention to how the process is managed and how the institutions function. The focus of this seminar will be organizational structure and practical techniques for managing legislative institutions. Considering the ILI's location in Washington, DC, references and site visits will be made to the U.S. Congress and a State Assembly.

   

Key Topics:

  • Role of Legislative Staff
  • Legislative Organization
  • Legislative Support Offices

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Washington, DC; 10 Business Days; Tuition $3950
 

 

ADVANCED LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING
October 9-20, 2017

This course offers an intensive experience in drafting legislation. The course assists participants in mastering legislative provisions that pose special challenges to legislative drafters. Participants will draft all language necessary to develop and amend a simple bill as it would move through the legislative process and will also organize and draft a long, complex bill involving the reorganization of government bodies. Some prior experience in legislative drafting or legislation is helpful.

   

Key Topics:

  • Drafting a Simple Bill
  • Drafting Amendments to a Bill and to Law
  • Instruction on Specialized Legislative Processes
  • Drafting a Government Grant Program
  • Drafting Government Reorganization
  • Drafting a Complex Bill

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Washington, DC; 10 Business Days; Tuition $3950

 
 
 

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The International Law Institute was founded in 1955 as part of Georgetown University. Since 1983, ILI has been an independent, non-profit training institution. ILI has a long-standing track record of assisting emerging economies and developing countries in achieving economic growth through sound governance and legal infrastructure.

ILI offers training to assist government officials, practitioners and the private sector in finding solutions to the legal and economic challenges faced by developing nations.

ILI participants are exposed to the best practices in good governance, management, and transparency standards that will give them the tools to improve the performance of government agencies, promote public accountability in government and achieve economic growth. More than 31,000 participants, from 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates. ILI organizes special seminars and conferences in the ILI facilities and abroad. ILI also partners with many renowned organizations to co-sponsor other events which contribute to the promotion of the rule of law and international development.

 

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DATES: NOV 26-30, 2018    
       
TUITION: $1995    
         

 

 

 

Overview

This course teaches lawyers, and other professionals, such as international investors (whether companies or individuals), as well as government officials how to draft, negotiate and interpret bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment chapters of free trade agreements, and how to resolve disputes arising from them, including the valuation of damages and enforcement of arbitral awards. The use of BITs has exploded in recent years, with almost 3,000 such treaties in effect. This course provides the participants with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles applied in Investor-State arbitration.

Course Outline

Basic Standards for the Treatment of Foreign Investment

  • Background on the history of free trade and other agreements relating to foreign investment
  • Minimum standards under customary international law
  • Substance of common investor protection clauses in BITs, including national treatment, MFN, fair and equitable treatment, and expropriation and nationalization

Investor-State Dispute Settlement

  • Arbitration under various treaties and rules, including ICSID, NAFTA, CAFTA, ECT and UNCITRAL
  • Parallel proceedings and related problems
  • Selection of forum and the arbitrators
  • Sources and choice of applicable law
  • Key jurisdictional thresholds: consent, investment (jurisdiction ratione materiae), investor (jurisdiction ratione personae)
  • State defenses to investor claims
  • Methods of calculating damages
  • Recognition, enforcement and challenges to an arbitral award

Course Advisors

Ian A. Laird is co-chair of the Crowell & Moring's International Dispute Resolution Group and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He represents a range of clients in international arbitration proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. Ian is recognized as a leading practitioner in the arbitration field by the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2016. He is the co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InvestmentClaims.com, the on-line investment arbitration award service published by Oxford University Press. He is licensed to practice in Washington DC as a Special Legal Consultant and in Ontario, Canada as a Barrister & Solicitor.

Dr. Borzu Sabahi is an attorney in the International Arbitration group of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP in Washington, DC.  He represents governments in international arbitration matters in a variety of sectors.  He was recognized by the International Who's Who of International Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2016 as a leading practitioner.  He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown and Columbia Law Schools, an Editor of Oxford’s InvestmentClaims.com, and a Co-Chair of the Annual Juris Conference in D.C.  His publications have been cited by arbitral tribunals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

DATES: NOV  26 - DEC 7, 2018    
       
TUITION: $3950    
         

 

 

 

 

Overview

The use of investment treaties – including bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) - has exploded in recent years. Almost 3000 such treaties are in effect. Foreign investors have used BITs to initiate hundreds of international arbitration disputes against host governments with amounts ranging from a few million to several billion dollars in connection with foreign investments. This seminar teaches participants how to draft, negotiate, and interpret international investment treaties and also how to prevent and resolve disputes arising from them. Additionally, it includes advanced instruction in how and when international arbitration proceedings are initiated against nations that violate international treaties.

Course Outline

Basic Standards for the Treatment of Foreign Investment

  • National laws and regulations
  • Minimum standards under customary international law
  • Background on the history of free trade and other agreements relating to investment
  • Substance of common investor protection clauses, including national treatment, MFN, fair and equitable treatment, transfer of funds and expropriation and nationalization

Investor-State Dispute Settlement

  • Arbitration under various treaties, including ICSID, NAFTA, CAFTA, ECT and UNCITRAL
  • Selection of forum and the arbitrators
  • Alternative forms of dispute resolution
  • Role of the arbitral tribunal and conduct of proceedings
  • Managing the arbitration
  • Sources and choice of applicable law
  • State defenses to investor claims
  • Methods of calculating damages
  • Recognition, enforcement and challenges to an arbitral award

Course Advisors

Ian A. Laird is co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution Group and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He represents a range of clients in international arbitration proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. Ian is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of arbitration by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2016.

Dr. Borzu Sabahi is an attorney in the International Arbitration group of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP in Washington, DC. He represents governments in international arbitration matters in a variety of sectors. He was recognized by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2016 as a leading practitioner. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown and Columbia Law Schools, an Editor of Oxford’s InvestmentClaims.com, and a Co-Chair of the Annual Juris Conference in Washington, DC. His publications have been cited by arbitraltribunals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.

 

DATES: NOV 26-30, 2018    
       
TUITION: $1995    
       

 

 

 

Overview 

Financial assessments of proposed projects have become necessary for countries considering PPPs for infrastructure projects. These assessments are essential to attracting private investors. This is particularly important for countries with substantial needs in infrastructure rehabilitation and expansion. The workshop primarily focuses on two financial models: graphical and numerical, which have proven quite successful for preliminary financial evaluations when detailed data and financial arrangements are not yet fully defined.

This seminar provides a review of essential concepts and available toolkits, case studies, hands-on conceptual and numerical exercises, attendees of the ILI course on Financial and Risk Analysis of projects will deepen their understanding on the key principles behind PPPs (also known as P3s), alternative delivery methods, financial and risk assessments, and the role they can play in improving service quality, addressing O&M challenges, and delivering essential infrastructure (e.g. transport, energy, water, wastewater, building) projects.

* Workshop participants are encouraged to obtain, prior to the workshop, basic data available on an existing or proposed PPP project of their interest. If this is not feasible, pro forma data will be provided at the seminar.

 

Course Outline

 

Financial assessments of PPP projects

  • Toolkit’s Graphical and Numerical models
  • Exercise to assess viability of project
  • Team presentation

 

Overview of PPP options and strategies

  • Brief history
  • Key success factors
  • Applications to different forms of infrastructure (e.g., transport, energy, security, health and education)
  • Main stakeholders and their interaction

 

Policy and Planning

  • Planning, objectives and PPP policy framework
  • Laws and Contracts - Legal, legislative and contract bases for PPP

 

Implementation and Monitoring

  • Stages in PPP development from project identification to contract management

 

Course Advisor

Cesar Queiroz is an international consultant on roads and transport infrastructure. His main expertise is in public-private partnerships and road management and development. Between 1986 and 2006, he held several senior positions with the World Bank, including as Principal Highway Engineer and Highways Advisor. Prior to joining the World Bank, Cesar was the deputy director of the Brazilian Road Research Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin; a M.Sc. in production engineering; and a B.Sc. in civil engineering. Cesar has published two books and more than 130 papers and articles. His recent assignments include infrastructure advisory services to over 18 countries. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and has lectured on PPP at George Washington University since 1996, and at the International Law Institute since 2007.