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Professor Caroline Ncube

Professor Caroline Ncube is an NRF rated researcher and holds the DST/NRF SARChI Research Chair in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development .  She holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town, an LLB degree from the University of Zimbabwe and an LLM from the University of Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and a Shell Centenary Fund Scholar. She is an Associate Member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, at the University of Ottawa.  

Professor Ncube joined the Department of Commercial Law, as a lecturer, in January 2005. Since then, she has served as Head of the Department of Commercial Law (2014 -2016) and Deputy Dean, Postgraduate Studies (2017).  Before joining UCT, she lectured at the University of Limpopo (formerly University of the North) and the University of Zimbabwe. Prior to embarking on an academic career, she briefly practised as an attorney.

Professor Ncube plays an active role in various professional associations and networks. She is often invited to give lectures and seminars in Intellectual Property to various constituencies. She is also actively involved in research projects that focus on open development, access to knowledge and the promotion of a balanced approach to IP. She is the founding co-editor of the South African Intellectual Property Law Journal and serves on the editorial boards of  the Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law & Practice, the African Journal of Intellectual Property  and the African Journal of Information and Communication

Project websites

Teaching (current)
Electronic Intellectual Property Law (LLM)
Electronic Transactions (LLM)

Publications, teaching materials & online posts

List of publications, conference papers and postgraduate student supervision

Some of Professor Ncube's publications are also available to download from openuct researchgate, SSRN and Some of her teaching materials and lecture slides are available on slideshare and on her Electronic Transactions Law website. She blogs from her website and sometimes via and afro-ip. Follow her on twitter (@caro_ncube) or connect with her on LinkedIn