Friday, July 1, 2011

UNCITRAL (Vienna) Meeting Regarding Model Procurement Law Concluded on Friday, July 1, 2011

The UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) approved UN Doc. A/CN.9/XLIV/CRP.2, with minor amendments, to formally adopt the Model Law on Public Procurement on July 1, 2011.

The Commission left open:

  • When, exactly, future working group meeting(s) might be held to consider the Guide to Enactment, which is currently in a rough draft.  Serious consideration was given to holding a working group meeting in late February 2012.  
  • How future work of the Working Group might be structured.   The Commission discussed the possibility of using supporting papers (e.g., on defense procurement, objectives of the Model Law, etc.), and whether the Guide might serve as a "living document" to reflect developments in procurement law and practice.  One approach discussed was to have experts review the law on an ongoing basis, with annual reporting to the Commission on possible reforms. 
The Model Law text, as revised, will likely be published in the coming months.

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