DATES: FEB 22 - FEB 26, 2021    
VENUE: LIVE ONLINE COURSE    apply now button  
TUITION: $2245    







This course is designed for policy makers, legislators, senior officials who have an oversight role in procurement for their respective institutions. Participants will gain insight on procurement reform, and why the need for reform, international standards of procurement, the roles of the executive, judiciary, and legislature in procurement, and the tools for oversight of procurement. Participants will also get a basic overview of procurement and will participate in the sessions with the International Public Procurement course. *Please note that this course is designed for those who have a policy or oversight responsibility of procurement.



The seminar will be delivered through 5 live online sessions via videoconferencing platform. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours and will start at a time to be announced closer to the seminar, but the starting time will be within a time window of 7:00 am – 8:30 am Washington DC time (Eastern Standard Time). We expect the classes to be highly interactive and will include presentations, case studies and exercises.


Course Outline


Public Procurement Reforms

  • Reform programs and approaches to enhance transparency, efficiency, integrity, and accountability


National Procurement Laws and International Standards

  • Differing approaches under common law and civil code systems
  • UNCITRAL model law
  • Transparency and accountability, ethics, and corruption
  • Procurement as a policy tool to stimulate growth


Role of government in procurement

  • Executive
  • Legislative
  • Judiciary


Oversight tools

  • Procurement audits
  • The role of a Government Accountability Office
  • Civil Society
  • Sanctions


Course Advisors

Dr. Allan V. Burman is President of Jefferson Solutions. He advises firms, Congressional committees, federal and state agencies and international bodies on acquisition matters. Dr. Burman was the longest serving Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, serving under 4 U.S. Presidents. He has testified before Congress over forty times. Dr. Burman holds a PhD from George Washington University, and a master’s degree from Harvard University.

Ms. Kim Phan is the Executive Director of the International Law Institute. In addition to overseeing the portfolios of the Institute, she also serves as the co-course advisor in the ILI Legislative Strategic Management course, and Leadership and Management in International Development course. She served as project director for ILI’s procurement projects and legislative-capacity building projects and has managed projects in all regions of the world. Ms. Phan has a master’s degree from Northwestern University School of Law.