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United Nations Procurement Regime

Description and Evaluation of the Legal Framework in the Light of International Standards and of Findings of an Inquiry into Procurement for the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme


Peter Neumann

This book provides a comprehensive description of the United Nations procurement rules. Benefiting from the author’s extensive legal experience from the secretariats of the United Nations and UNIDO, the work offers a comparison with the WTO’s government procurement procedures and a succinct analysis of the findings of shortcomings by the Independent Inquiry into United Nations procurement for the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme. The accountability of the United Nations for its far-flung procurement actions is considered not to meet international legal requirements. As a remedy against disregard of established procedures – which may be caused by political interventions – the author recommends, inter alia, to open a venue for claims and objections by bidders under a rapid challenge procedure.
Contents: UN procurement rules – Comparison with WTO’s government procurement procedures – Shortcomings in UN procurement for the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme identified by the Paul Volcker Independent Inquiry – Inadequate accountability of UN – Institution of venue for challenges by bidders.