Andrew Rens is a proponent and practitioner of open lawyering, and a scholar of the complex interactions of law, knowledge and innovation. As a consultant he assists clients around the world who want to use open licenses and open strategies in their businesses, non profit organisations and networks.
Andrew has taught and researched in the academy, litigated and consulted as an attorney and worked for social change in the non profit sector.
He was the founding Legal Lead of Creative Commons South Africa, a co-founder and former director of The African Commons Project, a charter member and director of Freedom to Innovate South Africa, a fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society , and a research associate at the LINK Center at the School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Andrew was awarded a Master of Laws from the Law School at the University of the Witwatersrand where he where he subsequently taught Master’s courses in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Space and Satellite, and Media and Information Technology Law, before spending several years in San Francisco, California. Andrew was the Intellectual Property Fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation, and taught Master’s courses in Telecommunications Law (February to May 2010) and Electronic Intellectual Property Law (July to November 2009) at the University of Cape Town Law School.
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When I get the chance I rock climb, mountain bike and hike. I’ve lived in Johannesburg, London, San Francisco, Cape Town and currently live in Durham, North Carolina where I bike to work.