Wellington, 16 August 2012

About Professor William Kovacic

William E. Kovacic is the Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy and the Director of the Competition Law Center at the George Washington University Law School. Before joining the Law School in 1999, Professor Kovacic was the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law. He is a recognized expert in the fields of antitrust law and government contracts law.

From January 2006 to October 2011, Professor Kovacic was a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He chaired the agency from March 2008 until March 2009. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Kovacic was the E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law at George Washington University Law School, where he began teaching in 1999. He previously taught antitrust law at George Mason University. He was the FTC’s General Counsel from 2001 through the end of 2004. Kovacic earlier worked at the Commission from 1979 to 1983, first with the Bureau of Competition’s Planning Office and later as an attorney advisor to former Commissioner George W. Douglas. After leaving the FTC in 1983, Kovacic was an associate with the Washington, DC, office of Bryan Cave, where he practiced in the firm’s antitrust and government contracts departments, until joining the George Mason University School of Law in 1986.

From January 2009 to September 2011, he also served as Vice Chair for Outreach of the International Competition Network.

He is co-author (with Andrew Gavil and Jonathan Baker) of Antitrust Law in Perspective: Cases, Concepts and Problems in Competition Policy (2002) and is co-author (with Stephen Calkins and Ernest Gellhorn) of Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2004). His recently published papers and articles include:

  • “Toward a Domestic Competition Network” in Competition Laws in Conflict (Richard Epstein & Michael Greve eds., 2004)
  • “The Modern Evolution of U.S. Competition Policy Enforcement Norms” in the Antitrust Law Journal (2003)
  • “Extraterritoriality, Institutions, and Convergence in International Competition Policy” in the American Society of International Law Proceedings (2003)
  • “Institutional Foundations for Economic Law Reform in Transition Economies” in the Chicago-Kent Law Review (2001)
  • “Private Monitoring and Antitrust Enforcement: Paying Informants to Reveal Cartels” in the George Washington Law Review (2001)
  • “Antitrust Policy: A Century of Economic and Legal Thinking” (with Carl Shapiro) in the Journal of Economic Perspectives (2000).

Since 1992, Professor Kovacic has served as an adviser on antitrust and protection issues to the governments of Armenia, Benin, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.