Jeremy de Beer

Among the world’s most renowned interdisciplinary scholars on innovation, intellectual property, and international trade and development, Jeremy de Beer’s exceptional body of work is changing attitudes about global knowledge governance. He is an award-winning professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and a co-founding director of the Open African Innovation Research network, www.OpenAIR.Africa. Professor de Beer is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. His work has led to policy breakthroughs in digital communications, health sciences, food and agriculture, and clean energy. Professor de Beer has published dozens of refereed journal articles and book chapters, and is an author and editor of several books, including Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa; Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright; and Implementing the WIPO Development Agenda. As a practicing lawyer and expert consultant, he has argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, advised businesses and law firms both large and small, and consulted for agencies from national governments, global think tanks, and the United Nations. Read more about how Professor de Beer is pioneering international, interdisciplinary research partnerships to transform complex legal concepts into real-world solutions at

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