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Portrait of William E. Kovacic

William E. Kovacic

Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy; Professor of Law; Director, Competition Law Center

Mr. Kovacic is currently a professor of Global Competition Law and Policy at the George Washington University Law School, where he is also the director of the Competition Law Center. From January 2009 to September 2011, he also served as Vice-Chair for Outreach of the International Competition Network.

Before joining the GW Law School in 1999, Mr. Kovacic served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (March 2008-March 2009), was an FTC Commissioner (January 2006-October 2011), and the FTC’s General Counsel (2001-2004). Previously he also worked for the agency from 1979 until 1983, initially as a staff attorney in the Bureau of Competition’s Planning Office and later as an attorney advisor to former Commissioner George W. Douglas.

In his early career, he was the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law. He also practiced law as an associate with the Washington, DC office of Bryan Cave, where he was a member of the firm’s antitrust and government contracts departments. He also spent one year on the majority staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which was chaired by Senator Philip A. Hart.

One of the most satisfying endeavors that Prof. Kovacic has been able to develop throughout his career is to serve as an advisor on antitrust and consumer protection. In fact, since 1992, He has had the privilege to advise the governments of Armenia, Benin, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

Areas of Expertise

  • Government contracts
  • Antitrust law
  • Government procurement
  • Defense acquisition policy
  • Defense mergers
  • Telecommunications policy
  • Law reform in transition economies
  • Postal services policy
  • Judicial selection

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