Academic Symposium 2023

Proactive contracting and the law

Academic Symposium 2023

Prepare to be captivated by an enriching event that will empower you with invaluable knowledge and foster meaningful connections within the proactive contracting community.

There is a groundswell of opinion that we must do things differently - and a fresh approach to contracts is an essential element in achieving change. The 2023 Symposium seeks to learn from and build upon the proactive contracting approach, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. “proactive contracting and the law” brings academics and practitioners together in a forum where they will turn theories into practice and identify a forward-looking research agenda.

Receive a total of 3 CPD points that count towards WorldCC certification.

What is the event?

An immersive two-day event with both in-person and virtual components. We'll kick off virtually with hard-hitting debates and real-life case studies to bring the concept to life. Then pre-selected groups of our academics and practitioners in Europe and Americas will gather together to workshop key challenges, gaps in research and practical guidance. The event will culminate online where each hub will bring their findings, cross-pollinate ideas and harvest outcomes. Both opening and closing sessions will be open and free for all to watch, learn and comment. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with esteemed academic experts and cross-industry practitioners who will unveil the profound social and economic advantages inherent in proactive contracting and the law.


To unite towards a future of shared responsibility and foster to mutual support while gaining comprehensive insights into utilizing the practical tools and resources readily available in proactive contracting and the law.

Receive a total of 3 CPD points that count towards WorldCC certification.

Who should attend?

  • Legal procurement contracting and commercial professionals
  • Professionals from the public and private sectors
  • Students, academics, and practitioners
  • Sustainability community - aligning with the aspirations of regulators and companies, paving the way for shared responsibility in the future


  • Contract visualization and simplification
  • Harnessing the power of Generative AI
  • The future of supply chain excellence
  • Cultivating mindfulness in contracting practices
  • Cutting-edge risk management strategies
  • Innovations in public procurement

Steering Committee

David Synder

Professor of Law, American University


George Triantis

Charles J. Meyers Professor of Law and Business, Stanford University


Gerlinde Berger-Walliser

Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Connecticut


Helena Haapio

Professor of Practice, University of Lapland, and Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Vaasa


Karen Watton

Clinical Legal Education and qLegal Director, Queen Mary University of London


Maximiliano Marzetti

Head of the Law Track, IESEG School of Management


Nicole Darnall

Foundation Professor of Management & Public Policy, Arizona State University


Petra Hietanen-Kunwald

University Lecturer/Business Law, Aalto University


Sangeeta Khorana

Professor of International Trade Policy, Aston University


Soili Nysten-Haarala

Professor of Commercial Law, University of Lapland


Tim Cummins

Chief Research Officer, WorldCC Foundation


Tom Barton

Professor Emeritus, California Western School of Law