Intellectual Property Unit (IP Unit), University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Intellectual Property Unit (IP Unit) in the Faculty of Law assists in developing IP law and policy in Africa, and aims to contribute to the manner in which this topic is treated in emerging and developing countries throughout the world. The Unit’s work is premised on the belief that it is important for developing countries to participate in the evolution of IP policy and law systems to ensure that any changes take full account of the needs of emerging economies. The Unit seeks to explore the many issues faced in the changing world of IP and to relate these to the needs of society, IP-holders and consumers. The Unit seeks to work through dialogue, research, debate and capacity-building.


Wilfred & Jules Kramer Building
Stanley Road, Middle Campus
Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701
Cape Town, South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2317
Fax +27 (0)21 650 5770

Hub Coordinator:

Nan Warner


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Centre for Law, Technology and Society, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

The goal of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society is to research, analyse and shed light on the complex and interdependent relationships between law, technology and society. A joint initiative of the Common Law and Civil Law Sections of University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, this centre for research, student training and knowledge dissemination brings together independent scholars and professors interested in its strategic areas of research, which include a wide variety of subjects relating to law and technology in its broadest sense and from multiple perspectives, such as information technology; intellectual property; biotechnology; bioethics; science, technology and society; human rights; governance and public policy; enabling technologies and e-transactions; digital media and communications; safety and security; privacy and access to information; and traditional knowledge.

57 Louis Pasteur St.
Fauteux Hall
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5
Tel: +1 613-562-5800 ext. 3097
Hub Coordinator:
Victoria Schorr


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Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D), The American University in Cairo

The Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at the American University in Cairo’s School of Business is a regional center for scholarship, research and policy analysis on access to knowledge, intellectual property and human development in Egypt, the Arab world, and Africa. A2K4D’s work is guided by a belief in the positive impact of A2K on inclusive development in the digital age. A2K4D promotes rigorous research on legal and economic issues confronting access to knowledge, a valuable resource to academics and policymakers. In collaboration with international partners, A2K4D launched the Access to Knowledge Global Academy in 2008, promoting research and advocacy on the equitable production and distribution of knowledge goods and tools. The center is also a participant in the Global Network of Internet and Society Centers, championed by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. A2K4D links Egypt to international research networks, thorough its partnerships and collaborations with African, Canadian, American, and other research hubs.


Economics Department
Abdullatif Jameel Building
School of Business
AUC Avenue, New Cairo Campus
PO Box 74, New Cairo 11835
Tel: +20-2615-3209
Hub Coordinator:
Nagham El Houssamy


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Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University, Nairobi

Strathmore University is one of Kenya’s leading institutions for higher education and the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) has already become recognised as a premiere source for IP knowledge, research and consultation continent-wide. CIPIT has three areas of focus: training in areas of IP law; IP policy, bringing IP issues to the attention of the government and private institutions; and novel research characterising the impact of foreign and domestic IP law on development in East Africa.

Hub Coordinator:
Isaac Rutenberg

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Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Lagos Office

The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) is Nigeria’s apex institution for research and advanced studies in law. The Institute is a centre for advanced legal research for all the Nigerian universities with faculties of law, to enable postgraduate work to be undertaken at NIALS while under the joint auspices of the most experienced and learned academic lawyers available in the country, whether indigenous or foreign. NIALS aims to be a world class institution that is the primary source of information, training and advice at the highest level of policy formulation on legal matters, effectively impacting on local and international institutions in the development of law.

Hub Coordinator:
Helen Chuma-Okoro

The Open African Innovation Research Partnership