Government Procurement (WTO, EU, Switzerland)
International Trade Law and Secondary Policy Goals
Marc Steiner holds a Master of Law from the University of Basel and is admitted to the bar. He has delivered an expertise on Green Public Procurement in Switzerland (2006) and issued a working paper on how to integrate social aspects in public procurement processes (2009, 3rd version 2015). Marc Steiner has been appointed as a Judge to the Swiss Federal Administrative Court in 2007 (2nd Division, primarily in charge of economic matters including public procurement and competition). His comparative approach has been stimulated especially during two internships at the ECJ (1996 and 2008). He used to be involved (until 2013) as a regular guest of the ILO International Training Centre ITCILO, Torino, in the spreading of knowledge about the legal aspects of Sustainable Public Procurement. Furthermore, Marc Steiner was invited to act as an expert during the public hearing of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament on "Modernisation of Public Procurement" (title of the presentation: "Sustainable Public Procurement – Legal Background"; 24 May 2011). He also contributed to the revised UNEP Guidelines on the Implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement (2012). In September 2015 he was invited as a speaker to the WTO GPA Symposium in Geneva (Session 3: Ensuring the continuing relevance of the GPA: the New Work Programmes of the GPA Committee and related policy considerations). Marc Steiner is a member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International (Swiss Chapter) focusing on integrity in the government procurement process and at the same time a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of swisscleantech, the Swiss association for stakeholders in the green economy, dealing with sustainable (public) procurement issues. His research focuses on the legal implications of the inclusion of environmental and social policies in public procurement practices and the methods used when balancing interests in this context guided by the idea of a (at least to a certain extent) coherent legal order.