Dr. Tobias Schonwetter studied and practiced law in Germany, the U.S. and South Africa, and holds Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees from UCT. He is the Regional Coordinator for Africa for Creative Commons and the legal lead for Creative Commons in South Africa. Currently, he is also a Principal Investigator for the Open AIR project, a UCT-based African-wide research and capacity building collaboration on intellectual property law, innovation and development on the continent. Previously, Tobias was a Senior Manager - Technology and Innovation Law - at PwC South Africa and a postdoctoral fellow at UCT's law faculty. He joined the Department of Commercial Law in 2013.
Tobias's research interests are in the area of intellectual property, particularly the relationship between intellectual property, development and innovation.