Andrew Rens

Senior Lecturing Fellow


Andrew Rens is a scholar of the complex interactions of law, knowledge, and innovation.

As well as working in the academy, he has litigated and consulted as an attorney and worked for social change in the nonprofit sector in South Africa.

Rens teaches in Access to Medicines: Intellectual Property and Global Public Health at Duke Law. He is a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, and is writing a dissertation on the use of open licences in education at Duke Law School where he is an SJD candidate.

Rens taught courses in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Space and Satellite, and Media  and  Information Technology Law in the Law School at the University of the Witwatersrand, before spending several years in San Francisco, California, where he was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.  He was subsequently Intellectual Property Fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation, while also teaching Telecommunications Law (February to May 2010) and Electronic  Intellectual Property Law (July to November 2009) at the University of Cape Town Law School. He has been a research associate at the LINK Center at the School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and the Intellectual Property Law and Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town.

He was the founding Legal Lead of Creative Commons South Africa and co-founder and former director of two nonprofit organizations: The African Commons Project, and Freedom to Innovate South Africa.

Rens was awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (JD equivalent degree), and Master of Laws at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.