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Senior Research Fellow, Research ICT Africa, American University

Dr. Andrew Rens is a Senior Research Fellow at Research ICT Africa where he researches technology regulation with a focus on AI and the Internet of Things. He earned a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from Duke University Law School for research on using open copyright licenses in education. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Internet Governance Lab at American University he researched governance of the Internet of Things. As a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship, he pioneered work on access to knowledge, IP law reform and open education in South Africa. Andrew Rens has been a fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, a research associate at the LINK Center at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and the University of Cape Town Intellectual Property Law Research Unit. As founding Legal Lead of Creative Commons South Africa, he ported the South African licensing suite to South African law. He earned a Master of Laws from the University of the Witwatersrand for research on Internet legal issues. He has taught Master’s courses in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Space and Satellite, and Media and Information Technology Law at the Law School of the University of the Witwatersrand. He has also taught Telecommunications Law and Electronic Intellectual Property Law at the University of Cape Town Law School.


  • 2020–present
    Senior research fellow, Research ICT Africa
  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Internet Governance Lab


  • 2017 
    Duke University, SJD
  • 1999 
    University of the Witwatersrand, LLM
  • 1992 
    University of the Witwatersrand, LLB
  • 1990 
    University of the Witwatersrand, BA

Professional Memberships

  • Attorney of the High Court, South Africa