George Washington University - School of Law (Washington)

William E. Kovacic

George Washington University - School of Law (Washington)

Before joining George Washington University Law School in 1999, Professor Kovacic was the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law. From January 2006 to October 2011, he was a member of the Federal Trade Commission and chaired the agency from March 2008 to March 2009. He was the FTC’s General Counsel from June 2001 to December 2004. In 2011 he received the FTC’s Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime Achievement. From August 2013 to March 2022, Professor Kovacic served as a Non-Executive Director with the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority. From January 2009 to September 2011, he was Vice-Chair for Outreach for the International Competition Network. He has advised many countries and international organizations on antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, and the design of regulatory institutions. At GW, Professor Kovacic has taught antitrust, contracts, and government contracts. He is co-editor (with Ariel Ezrachi) of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement. Professor Kovacic graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1974, and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1978 where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is a co-editor of the Global Dictionary of Competition Law, to be published by Concurrences.

In order to honor William E. Kovacic, Concurrences has published a Liber Amicorum Tribute, William E. Kovacic: An Antitrust Tribute (Vol. I & II).


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Introductory Remarks by Bill Kovacic
William E. Kovacic 30 June 2021 Webinar
2021 Antitrust Compliance Awards - Agency & Readers' Awards (presented by William E. Kovacic)
William E. Kovacic 10 May 2021 Webinar
William E. Kovacic (George Washington University - King's College London)
William E. Kovacic 19 February 2020 London
William E. Kovacic (Competition and Markets Authority)
William E. Kovacic 8 December 2017 Paris
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William E. Kovacic 28 March 2017 Washington, DC
Bill Kovacic - Global Merger Control - 2 December 2016
William E. Kovacic 2 December 2016 Paris
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William E. Kovacic 28 October 2016 New York
William Kovacic - Crossing Merger Control Frontiers: What are the New Borders?
William E. Kovacic 30 October 2015 Paris
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William E. Kovacic 23 October 2015 New York
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William Kovacic - George Washington University
William E. Kovacic 29 May 2015 Washington, DC
William Kovacic - George Washington University
William E. Kovacic 23 April 2015 Singapore
Bill Kovacic - Merger Control Regimes Worldwide 2014
William E. Kovacic 19 December 2014 Paris
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William E. Kovacic 24 October 2014 New York


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Andrew Gavil, William E. Kovacic, Jonathan B. Baker, Joshua D. Wright Antitrust Law in Perspective: Cases, Concepts and Problems in Competition Policy (ed.3), Andrew I. GAVIL, William E. KOVACIC, Jonathan B. BAKER and Joshua D. WRIGHT


This section selects books on themes related to competition laws and economics. This compilation does not attempt to be exhaustive but rather a survey of themes important in the area. The survey usually covers publication over the last three months after publication of the latest issue of (...)

William E. Kovacic Roads not taken: The Federal Trade Commission and Google


In recent years, a significant and growing body of observers has hammered the US antitrust agencies for weak enforcement. In particular, an avalanche of articles, blog posts, books, speeches, and tweets has buried the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

David Miguel Ortega Pecina, Laurence Idot, Phillip 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 (...)



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