South African Intellectual Property Law Journal

Editorial Board

Professor Caroline Ncube

Professor Caroline Ncube


Professor Caroline Ncube is the DST/NRF/Nedbank SARChI Research Chair in Intellectual Property (IP), Innovation and Development in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She served as Head of the Department of Commercial Law from 2014 – 2016 and as Deputy Dean, Postgraduate Studies in 2017 and in January – June 2019. She holds PhD, LLM and LLB degrees. She is involved in research projects that focus on open development, access to knowledge and the promotion of a balanced approach to IP Law. Professor Ncube’s primary research focus is how IP law and policy can be best calibrated to achieve national socio-economic goals in African states. These considerations centre on the promotion of innovation in prevalent African contexts. Her extensive publications are listed here.

In addition to teaching and research supervision at UCT, she also presents a module on SMEs, Innovation and IP on the Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP) jointly offered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University (AU). She is a member of various academic associations such as the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), the South African Association of Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law Teachers and Researchers (AIPLITL) and the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa (SLTSA). She is affiliated with the University of Ottawa as an Associate Member, Centre for Law, Technology and Society.

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