John S. Pachter will be a panelist at the Transatlantic Conference on Public Contract Administration on March 18, 2020, at the University of Warsaw. Mr. Pachter’s panel will discuss effective contract dispute resolution systems (including ADR methods) in advancing innovative and environmentally sustainable procurement.
The public procurement conference will bring together leading judges, practitioners and professors from Europe and the United States, organized by the Association ,,Pro Silesia”, the George Washington University, the University of Warsaw, Silesian University in Katowice, and the Polish Public Procurement Law Association, sponsored by Tauron Poland S.A. Conferees will discuss the challenges of public contract administration and contract disputes in the EU’s Member States, sharing lessons learned from the U.S. federal procurement system. A special emphasis will be innovation and environmentally sustainable procurement – global issues that depend on effective contracting administration and dispute resolution.
Public contract administration has long been overlooked in the EU, which has focused instead on contract formation as a means to European integration. That is rapidly changing and the EU’s Member States now recognize the importance of contract administration and effective disputes resolution. For over two centuries, the U.S. government has developed specialized laws and forums to address issues in public contract administration – potentially valuable lessons for European nations that want to advance innovation and enhance sustainability through effective public procurement.