Robert Anderson is a teacher and independent researcher on matters relating to the multilateral trading system, competition policy and government procurement. He previously worked in the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization from 1997 through 2019, and held the position of Counsellor and Team Leader for Government Procurement and Competition Policy in the Organization from 2005 through 2019.
Current academic positions include that of Honorary Professor in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom). Mr Anderson also is an external faculty member at the World Trade Institute, the University of Bern (Switzerland); the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy); and the Catholic University of Lyon (France). He also has been a guest speaker, on multiple occasions, in relevant courses of the George Washington University Law School (United States).
Mr Anderson is editor of three books: (i) (with Nuno Pires de Carvalho, WIPO and Antony Taubman, WTO) Competition Policy and Intellectual Property in Today's Global Economy (WTO, WIPO, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2019) (ii) (with Prof. Sue Arrowsmith of the University of Nottingham) The WTO Regime on Government Procurement: Challenge and Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2011); and (iii) (with Prof. Nancy Gallini of the University of British Columbia) Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-based Economy (Industry Canada Research Series, 1998).
He is the author/co-author of numerous articles published in the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law (multiple contributions), the Public Procurement Law Review (multiple contributions), the Antitrust Law Journal, the Swiss Review of International Economic Relations ("Aussenwirtschaft"), Law in Transition (an e-journal of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and the Canadian Competition Record (multiple contributions), in addition to chapters in numerous edited volumes.
In his past functions as a Counsellor in the Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division of the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, he headed (since 2005) the Secretariat team that supports the work of the WTO Committee on Government Procurement. He was also lead advisor in the WTO Secretariat regarding international competition law and policy issues. He travelled regularly to the developing regions of the world to present technical assistance workshops and seminars in his areas of responsibility and served as a member of the E15 Expert Group on Competition Policy in the International Trade and Investment Agenda (co-organized by the World Economic Forum and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development), and as a member of the World Bank's International Advisory Group on Government Procurement.
Prior to joining the WTO in 1997, Mr Anderson held various senior positions in the Canadian Competition Bureau (Canada's national antitrust agency). Earlier in his career, he worked in: (i) the Department of Finance of the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan; and (ii) the Economic Council of Canada. He holds a B.A. with Honours in Economics from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and a J.D. (Juris Doctor) from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, Canada).