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The 2015 Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest in New Delhi, hosted by India's Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) and convened at the National Law University Delhi, will run from 15 to 17 December. For more information, go to Infojustice

Open A.I.R.'s East Africa Hub institution, the Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University, Nairobi, has added new entries to its database of Kenyan IP Tribunal Decisions, available here.

Open A.I.R. researcher Helen Chuma-Okoro of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) presented on TK, IP and gender dynamics in Nigeria's traditional textile sector at the 27 Feb. "Reimagining IP/Gender" conference convened by the American University Washington College of Law.


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Cape Town 2013

The Open A.I.R. Project

The Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.) Project is investing in pan-African research, networking, capacity-building and policy engagement.

The project’s central aim is to investigate how intellectual property (IP) regimes can be harnessed in Africa to facilitate innovation through collaboration – and to make processes more participatory, knowledge more accessible, and benefits more widely shared. Interconnected, empirical case studies are exploring a range of research questions in countries across the continent.


Open A.I.R. publications focus on the network's findings from its research into intersections among innovation, knowledge governance and intellectual property across diverse African settings. Go to Publications page.

Network Hubs
North Africa: Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D), The American University in Cairo
West Africa: Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Lagos
East Africa: Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University, Nairobi
Southern Africa: Intellectual Property Unit, University of Cape Town
Canada: Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa