DATES: OCT 23-27, 2017    
TUITION: $1995    





Governments in petroleum economies seek to maximize revenue receipts and limit the consequences of uncertainty and instability in actual cash flows resulting from product price or volume disparity from forecast. Global experience indicates that there are a variety of alternatives to share petroleum revenues between the host government and investors. In general, there is a trade-off between revenue maximization and exposure to risk.  Systems which seek to balance these between a government and investor have historically led to reservoir maximization and efficiency.

Governments have adopted the use of revenue funds to stabilize highly volatile petroleum rents; to save for future generations; or to guard against budget shortfalls. More recently, governments have recognized the need to better share petroleum wealth with local communities, especially those disrupted by petroleum operations. This advanced seminar examines the structure and the benefits and risks associated with current practices to manage and distribute petroleum revenues. Participants will receive a detailed review of modern practices and programs, and case studies of recent investment and design of petroleum revenue management programs, as well as local content development programs. Material is delivered through a variety of methods including: reference reading, in-class lecture, industry panels, and interactive group simulations and workshops.


Course Outline

  • Understanding the “resource curse” and how to avoid it
  • Design of host country’s petroleum revenue management policy
  • Upstream fiscal system options and government take
  • Revenue monitoring, enforcement and collection systems
  • Use of heritage funds (with case study on Timor Leste)
  • Revenue transparency (vs contract disclosure)
  • Fiscal relationships between national and subnational governments
  • Revenue sharing with treasury, state and local institutions (the case for earnings retention within SOEs)
  • Local content program best practices (with case study on Tanzania)
  • Use of petroleum revenues for renewables sector and climate change measures
  • Other energy sector benefits to local communities


Course Advisors

Mrs. Guly Sabahi is an independent legal adviser and outside general counsel, with 15 years of law firm experience (most recently as Partner at Dentons), advising major international companies and state-owned entities (including NOCs) on cross-border M&A and JV transactions, mainly in the energy sector. Guly also provides legal support on upstream projects, and power projects. Guly has worked on transactions and projects involving assets in over 50 countries in the Middle East, the Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America. Guly teaches at Georgetown University Law Center, and regularly speaks at events hosted by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), and other leading organizations. Guly serves on the Board of Directors, and as VP External Affairs, of the AIPN. Guly is trained in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, and is admitted to practice in the US (New York and District of Columbia), and as Solicitor in England and Wales.

Mr. Robert Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas.  Mr. Lesnick recently retired from the World Bank as its Oil and Gas Program Coordinator after a successful 30-year career in the private sector.  He has extensive experience in the petroleum sector, including commodity trading, project development, and natural gas field operations.  Robert has over 25 years of international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects.  He has conducted business in more than 60 countries on 6 continents.



Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Seminar Schedule for the International Law Institute (ILI). 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 and emerging economies. 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 32,000 participants, from 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates. We invite you to nominate appropriate candidates to participate in the following seminars to be held at our Washington, D.C. headquarters.

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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The International Law Institute, a non-profit educational and training institute based in Washington DC, is a leading provider of training and technical assistance related to governance, project management, public private partnerships, legislative drafting, and public administration. Established in 1955, originally as part of Georgetown University, 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 Centers of Expertise:

  • Center for Public Procurement Law and Policy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
  • International Investment Law Center
  • International Trade Law Center
  • Private Investment in Infrastructure Center
  • Center for Comparative Legislative Management
  • International Judicial Academy

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Executive Director: Kim Phan
Director of Programs: Gerhard Botha

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DATES: SEP 4 - SEP 22, 2017    
TUITION: $5950    





The Procurement Integrity program covers the institutional, legal, and procedural issues involved in the procurement of goods and services by public entities and discusses reform programs to improve transparency, efficiency and accountability. It provides participants with a detailed analysis of the project-procurement cycle including a full presentation of the procurement policies of international financial institutions (IFI) such as the World Bank. The program incorporates the strategies and approaches within the United States and globally to create an organizational culture committed to high ethical standards and integrity. Participants will learn best practices on ensuring organizational procurements are performed fairly, impartially, honestly, legally, and free from fraud and abuse.


Course Outline


Public Procurement Reforms

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


National Procurement Laws and Institutions

  • Differing approaches under common law and civil code systems
  • UNCITRAL model law
  • Transparency and accountability; ethics and corruption


International Procurement

  • Policies and procedures of international financial institutions such as the World Bank, AfDB, ADB, IDB, etc.


Procurement Planning

  • Role and objectives
  • Policy and institutional aspects
  • Project cycle: procurement issues
  • Procurement process under goods, works and PPP
  • Budgeting, budget utilization and monitoring


Selection of Consultants

  • Procedures of IFI
  • Terms of reference, evaluation of proposals
  • Contracts: lump sum, time-based


International Competitive Bidding (ICB)

  • Objectives, principles, and key features
  • The bid package: preparation and scheduling
  • Bid advertising and prequalification
  • Preparation of bidding documents
  • Bid examination, evaluation, and award


Other Methods of Procurement

  • Limited/restrictive international bidding, national competitive bidding
  • Direct purchase, shopping
  • Internet bidding, electronic procurement
  • Green Procurement
  • Versatile and adaptive procurement


Contract Administration

  • Principal types of contracts, terms, and guarantees
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Dispute avoidance and resolution
  • Oversight and monitoring
  • Performance-Based Contracting


U.S. Anti-Corruption

  • U.S. Anti-Corruption Agencies
  • Inspector General Community
  • Oversight


Risk Framework Models

  • Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commissions (COSO)
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)


Got Ethics

  • Ethics & Compliance Programs
  • Whistle-Blower Protections


Procurement Fraud

  • Make-up and Schemes
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Criminal, Civil and/or Administrative


The Fraudster

  • Mind-set & Motivation
  • Elusiveness


Procurement Integrity Control System®

  • Elements
  • Criteria



  • Fraud Risk Theories
  • Proactive Approaches
  • Case Preparation


Case Study

  • Ethical Reform Movement
  • Road Blocks
  • Victories and Set-Backs


Course Advisors

Ms. Sheryl Steckler was formerly the Inspector General for Palm Beach County and the Department of Children & Families, State of Florida.  Ms. Steckler has worked in law enforcement and criminal justice related positions for over 30 years. She is presently the President of Procurement Integrity Consulting Services, a woman-owned small business specializing in developing, assessing, and structuring strategies to assure contracting integrity by mitigating the inherent risk to procurement fraud and abuse.  Ms. Steckler is currently a Certified Inspector General, Certified Inspector General Investigator and formerly a certified law enforcement officer and public assistance fraud investigator. Ms. Steckler holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Florida State University.

Mr. Tom Caulfield was formerly the Executive Director of Training for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.  Mr. Caulfield spent over 38 years of federal government service, his assignments included responsibilities at both the senior executive and case agent levels in law enforcement, criminal investigations, anti-fraud strategies, white-collar crime investigations, polygraph, internal oversight, and professional development and training.   He is currently 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.  He holds degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice and currently is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Inspector General, and Certified Inspector General Investigator.

Ms. Steckler and Mr. Caulfield are frequent instructors at both domestic and international forms and have published and co-published several articles on subjects related to the prevention and detection of procurement fraud and abuse. Their material has been referenced in various federal reports and book publications. Some of the articles can be found at:




DATES: NOV 27 - DEC 1, 2017
TUITION: $1995





The creation of the WTO twenty years ago, with its effective enforcement system, vastly expanded the scope and effectiveness of the international trade system. The most significant recent developments affecting the system have been the adoption by the WTO of the Trade Facilitation Agreement, the first major multilateral trade agreement in more than twenty years, and the rapid growth of regional trade agreements. While providing an overview of the world trading system as a whole, the course will focus heavily on the implications of these important developments.

  • The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), adopted by the WTO in 2013 and expected to enter into force in late 2016 or early 2017, requires each Member to implement 37 specific obligations, all designed to streamline the international movement of goods. As developed countries already comply with all or most of the obligations, the burden of implementation will fall most heavily on developing countries.

  • Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) have become an increasingly important part of the international trading system. RTAs already cover more than half of world trade, and massive new agreements are awaiting ratification or under negotiation. These include the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) (12 countries including the United States and Japan, covering around 40 percent of world trade), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the EU, also accounting for about 40 percent of world trade, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) (16 countries, including India, China, Japan and Korea, accounting for nearly 30 percent of world trade). There is also a great deal of RTA activity in Africa, as the many existing RTAs are consolidated with a view to eventually creating a single African Economic Union.

The course will examine the implications of these important developments. It is designed as a practical course that will assist trade officials in their work, provide hands-on advice on implementation of the TFA, and help enterprises to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by multilateral and regional trade agreements, as well as to deal with their challenges. It will be taught by present and former senior government officials, leading academics and practitioners, and officials from multinational organizations.

Course Outline

Background: the International Trading System

  • Creation and operation of the WTO
  • Rules governing trade in goods, services and intellectual property
  • WTO dispute settlement

The Trade Facilitation Agreement

  • Background and rationale
  • Overview of the Agreement
  • Implementation – categorization of requirements
  • Key issues:

    • Transparency
    • Advance rulings
    • Review procedures
    • Release of goods
    • Border agency cooperation
    • Formalities, including Single Window
    • Freedom of Transit
    • Customs Cooperation

Regional Trade Agreements

  • GATT and GATS provisions authorising RTAs
  • The pros and cons of RTAs
  • The growth of “Megaregionals”
  • Dispute settlement in RTAs
  • Particular issues:

    • Trade in goods – rules of origin
    • Trade in services
    • Intellectual property
    • Investment
    • Non-traditional issues – environment, labor, etc.


Course Advisor

Patrick Macrory is Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center. He was a senior partner in two of Washington's largest law firms, and has practiced trade law for more than forty years. He has taught international trade law at universities in Washington, London, and Tokyo. He has written extensively on the subject, and was Editor-in-Chief of a major multi-volume work on the WTO published in 2005.


DATES: FEB 27 - MAR 3, 2017    
TUITION: $1995    





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. *Please note that this course is designed for those who have a policy or oversight responsibility of procurement; participants who have to execute and be operational in procurement should register for the International Public Procurement or Country Procurement Systems course.


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.