Senior Research Fellow


Dr. Andrew Rens is an accomplished Attorney, academic and policy advocate with an excellent history in public interest focusing on information communication technology (ICT) and intellectual property (IP) issues. At RIA, Dr. Rens researches AI policy, data governance and regulation of the digital economy. He recently completed research on AI and cyber risk, and data policy capacity building.

He holds a BA and an LLB from Wits University, where he went on to graduate with a Master of Law, writing the first research on Internet legal issues in South Africa. He earned a doctoral degree from Duke University for research on use of Creative Commons licenses for educational materials. Early in his career he served as public interest lawyer at the Wits Law Clinic, which serves some of the most disadvantaged members of South African society. While at Wits, Andrew also pioneered courses in Information Technology Law. Dr. Rens has been a Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. From 2007 – 2010, Andrew was the first Fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation where he worked on access to knowledge, IP law reform and open education in South Africa. Dr Rens has also been a fellow at the American University’s Internet Governance Lab in Washington D.C. where he concentrated on regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of things (IoT).

By Andrew Rens