What this website is about
This website focuses on the professional interests of Robert D. Anderson, part-time academic, consultant, trainer, former senior staff member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat (1997-2019) and, earlier in his career, former staff member of the Canadian Competition Bureau (1982-1997) and of the Saskatchewan (Province of Canada) Budget Bureau (1981-82).
These interests include:
The history, rationale for and future of multilateralism;
International government procurement policy (centering on the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (see and related regional and bilateral trade agreements);
Procurement reforms in emerging and developing economies;
International dimensions and applications of competition policy (see, for relevant WTO work,
The relationship of competition policy to government procurement; and
The relationship of competition policy and intellectual property rights.
NB: this website does NOT attempt to track the latest developments concerning WTO case law or negotiations. For that, I recommend the International Economic Law and Policy Blog ( and the website of the WTO itself ().
For current developments regarding international government procurement policy, I recommend the websites of Jean Heilman Grier ( and Prof. Chris Yukins of the George Washington University (