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Dr Lee-Ann Tong

Dr Lee-Ann Tong is an associate professor in the Department of Commercial Law. She holds BA (Honours) LLB and PhD degrees from the University of Cape Town and LLM degrees in Intellectual Property Law from University College London and the University of Turin.

She teaches intellectual property law at LLB and LLM level, as well as an intellectual property component on the Law for Engineers course.

Her main area of interest is the allocation of intellectual property rights in the employment context although she has published on various aspects of intellectual property locally and in international journals. She is a contributor to Van der Merwe, A et al Law of Intellectual Property textbook.

She is the co-founder and co-editor of the South African Intellectual Property Law Journal (IPLJ) (

Teaching in 2020

CML 4503S LLB Intellectual Property Law A elective

CML4504S LLB Intellectual Property Law B elective

CML5680S LLM Advanced Intellectual Property Law

CML4607Z Law of Engineers (intellectual property component)


LLM and PhD level in intellectual property-related topics.

Final year LLB research papers.