Competition Law Center Leadership

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 George Washington University, 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.


Mr. Kovacic attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1974. He received a JD from Columbia Law School in 1978 where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.


Mr. Kovacic is the co-author (with Andrew Gavil and Jonathan Baker) of Antitrust Law in Perspective: Cases, Concepts and Problems in Competition Policy (2002) also co-author (with Stephen Calkins and Ernest Gellhorn) of Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2004).

He has also published several papers and articles such as for example “Toward a Domestic Competition Network” in Competition Laws in Conflict (Richard Epstein & Michael Greveeds., 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), and “Antitrust Policy: A Century of Economic and Legal Thinking” (with Carl Shapiro) in the Journal of Economic Perspectives (2000).

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