William E. Kovacic

UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (London), George Washington University - School of Law
Professor / Non-Executive Director

William E. Kovacic is currently a professor of Global Competition Law and Policy at George Washington University, where he is also director of the Competition Law Center. He is a Non-executive Director of the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority. Before joining the GW Law School in 1999, he was an FTC Commissioner from January 2006 to October 2011 and served as Chairman from March 2008 until March 2009. Previously, Professor Kovacic was the FTC’s General Counsel from 2001 through 2004, and also worked for the Commission 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. Before he became a 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 had taught at the George Mason University School of Law since 1986, after practicing antitrust and government contracts law for three years at Bryan Cave’s Washington, DC, office. Earlier in his career, Prof. Kovacic spent one year on the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee. Since 1992, Prof. Kovacic has been an adviser on antitrust and consumer protection issues to the governments of Armenia, Benin, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. Kovacic received a bachelor degree from Princeton University (1974) and a law degree from Columbia University (1978).


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University Paris II Panthéon‑Assas
Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU)
UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) (London)
French State Council (Paris)
Jones Day (Brussels)
University of Tilburg
ESSEC Business School



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Chris Fonteijn, Laurence Idot, William E. Kovacic Detection of anticompetitive practices: Should existing tools be revised or new tools introduced? Leniency, market surveys, financial reward... (New Frontiers of Antitrust, 21 février 2014, Paris)


This first roundtable of the conference “New frontiers of Antitrust”, Paris, 21 February 2014, was dedicated to the detection of anticompetitive practices. Although competition authorities are provided with significant investigative resources, the discussions goes on about the need to dispose of (...)

William E. Kovacic U.S. Antitrust policy: The underperforming federal joint venture


Les lignes directrices de 2010 sur les concentrations horizontales sont l’occasion pour le DOJ et la FTC de réviser et de renforcer le cadre institutionnel de la politique de concurrence américaine. Le bon fonctionnement commun des deux agences fédérales dans l’application et l’explication de ces (...)

David Miguel Ortega Pecina, Laurence Idot, Phil Evans, William E. Kovacic Consumers associations in competition proceedings: Why so little engagement? (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - Paris, 11 February 2011)


This third roundtable of the conference "New frontiers of Antitrust", Paris, 11 February 2011, was dedicated to the role of consumers associations in competition proceedings. According to William E. Kovacic, Commissioner at the US Federal Trade Commission, competition and consumer protection (...)

William E. Kovacic William Kovacic, FTC: A new Chairman for the FTC


You were appointed as Chairman of the FTC in April 2008. However, the FTC is a well-known administration for you. Indeed, from 1979 to 1983, you served as a staff attorney and as an advisor to one of the FTC’s Commissioner. Later from 2001 until 2004, you served as the General Counsel of the (...)

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