Andrew Rens, obtained BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, before working as a lawyer in private practise, and then teaching human rights litigation as an attorney at the Wits Law Clinic while he completed his Master of Laws, focusing on Intellectual Property Issues on the Internet at Wits Law School . Andrew then taught Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Space and Satellite, and Media Law and pioneered a course in Information Technology Law. From 2003 to 2005 Andrew lived in San Francisco, before returning to South Africa to help found the African Commons Project, and Freedom to Innovate South Africa, both non profit organisations, the first dedicated to the copyright commons, and the second to patent and standards reform. After working with the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, and at the LINK Centre, both at the University of the Witwatersrand, Andrew moved to Cape Town to work at the Shuttleworth Foundation as Intellectual Property Fellow. He is still the Legal Lead for Creative Commons South Africa.
The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.