Professor Joshua I. Schwartz
Joshua I. Schwartz is the E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law at the George Washington University Law School. He joined the Law School faculty in 1985, and has been Co-Director of the LL.M. program in Government Procurement Law since 1992. From 2005-2007 he was a member of the United States Acquisition Advisory Panel, charged with studying the state of the United States federal government’s procurement system and recommending necessary reforms. The panel’s report was issued in the summer of 2007. Professor Schwartz was the lead author of that Report’s chapter on the adequacy of the federal government’s acquisition workforce.
Professor Schwartz teaches in the fields of government contracts, administrative law, property and legislation. His research and writing is primarily in the fields of government contracts and administrative law. He is the author of many articles and book chapters on the subject of procurement law, and is frequently an invited speaker at international procurement conferences, including conferences in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Germany, China and Thailand. In the last decade, his research and writing has focused on questions of procurement reform and comparative public procurement.
Professor Schwartz, together with colleagues Steve Schooner Chris Yukins and Jessica Tillipman, regularly trains groups of public procurement professionals in best practices in public procurement. He has traveled to Romania and Serbia to do so and has trained groups from China, Ethiopia and the Philippines who have visited the United States, all at the behest of various international organizations as well as agencies of the United States government. This work is done pro bono publico, with only expenses compensated.
Recently, he has authored a chapter on the Government Procurement Agreement for the forthcoming work, The Internationalization of Public Contracts, edited by Mathias Audit and Stephan Schill, from Bruylant Publishers (2016). He has also recently presented a paper at the 5th International Public Procurement Conference in Seattle, Washington, which has been published: “Litigating State Secrets in Government Contracts Performance Disputes” in G. Alkbano, K. Snider and K. Thai, eds., Charting A Course in Public Procurement Innovation and Knowledge Sharing (PrAcademics Press, Boca Raton, Florida 2013).
In addition, he presented papers descriptively and normatively assessing recent progress and pending initiatives on global harmonization of public procurement regimes at the August 2014 Sixth International Public Procurement Conference in Dublin, and at the Public Procurement Global Revolution VII Conference at the University of Nottingham in June 2015. This work is now published by the Hart Press, edited by Professors Anna LaChimia and Peter Trepte of the University of Nottingham (2019).
Professor Schwartz has a desktop published introductory casebook on government contracts law. Both West Publishing and Aspen publishing, the two major casebook publishers in the United States have expressed interest in publishing it, and he is working on preparing it for publication, with Dean Jessica Tillipman, of the George Washington University Law School as co-author.
Professor Schwartz, together with Dean Jessica Tillipman annually presents, at the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Federal Claims, an update on recent Supreme Court decisions and recent decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decisions that affect cases in the United States Court of Federal Claims. They have done so in September 2014, May 2016, and are invited to again do so in May of 2017.
Professor Schwartz is a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Harvard College (1973) and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Cornell Law School (1976). He also holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Cornell University College of Art, Architecture and Planning (1977). He clerked for Judge Marvin Frankel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1977-78), and then worked for the Environmental Division of the United States Department of Justice (1978-1981). Then, from 1981-1985 he served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, briefing and arguing cases on behalf of the United States in the Supreme Court of the United States.