Tobias Schonwetter

Director of the Intellectual Property Law and Policy Unit at the University of Cape Town’s law faculty
Regional Coordinator for Africa for the Creative Commons Corporation
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Dr. Tobias Schonwetter is the Director of the Intellectual Property Unit at the University of Cape Town’s law faculty. He currently is as a Principal Investigator for various IP-related research and capacity building projects, including the Open AIR project  www.openair.org.za), ASK Justice  www.askjustice.org) and the Wikiprimary project  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research…). Since 2015, Tobias is an editor for the African Journal of Information and Communication’s (AJIC) Thematic Issues on Knowledge Governance: https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/ajic/ Since 2009, Tobias is also the legal lead of Creative Commons in South Africa.

Previously, Tobias was a Regional Coordinator for Africa for the Creative Commons Corporation and a Senior Manager – Technology and Innovation Law – at PwC South Africa. He also was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Intellectual Property Unit. He specialises in intellectual property, particularly the relationship between intellectual property, innovation and development.

Tobias studied and practiced law in Germany, the U.S. and South Africa, and holds Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. He has been awarded with the prestigious UCT Research Fellowship Award for his doctoral studies in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Tobias has written numerous articles on copyright law and he has spoken at various national as well as international conferences.

Last updated January 2017.

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