William Kovacic

Prof. William Kovacic

Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, 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. From June 2001 to December 2004, he served as the general counsel for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He is a recognized expert in the fields of antitrust law and government contracts law. 

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), and “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 consumer protection issues to the governments of Armenia, Benin, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

  • B.A., Princeton University
  • J.D. Columbia University