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Registered delegates for the Cape Town 2013 Global Congress and Open A.I.R. Conference, taking place 9-13 December 2013, are urged to please read the logistics message issued on 4 December by Open A.I.R. Project Manager Nan Warner.

Presenters of papers to the Global Congress and Open A.I.R. Conference in Cape Town in December 2013 will be able to seek publication in 2014 in one of two high-quality African academic journals. Both the African Journal for Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) and the South African Intellectual Property Law Journal (SAIPLJ) have issued Calls for Papers emerging from the Congress and Conference.

From 9 to 13 December 2013, the University of Cape Town will host the combined 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa. The event is now fully subscribed. Only invited applications will be considered. For more details, go to the Cape Town 2013 page.


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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