Andres Guadamuz

Andres Guadamuz  is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Sussex and an Associate Researcher of the CREATe Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. He is an international consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organization, and has been involved with Creative Commons in various roles since 2005. His main research areas are open licensing, software protection, digital copyright, and complexity in networks. Andres has published two books, the most recent is “Networks, Complexity and Internet Regulation“. He has a law degree and an LL.M. in International Commercial Law at the University of Hull, and an M. Phil from Queen’s University of Belfast, and has defended his thesis for a PhD with the University of Edinburgh.

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Florian Idelberger

Florian Idelberger, LL.M (Lund), 2009-2012 European Legal Studies (European Law School) in Maastricht with a focus on European and comparative law. 2012-2013 Master’s studies in Lund, Sweden (European Business Law). Particular points of interest are competition law and its relations to economic developments and intellectual property law.

Sylvia Jakob

Sylvia Jakob is a research associate and PHD candidate at the Institute of  Legal Informatics (IRI) of the University of Hanover. Her research focuses on government structures of open collaborative projects and their legal implications.

After finishing her Abitur in the year 2002, she commenced her studies at the University of Politics and Economics (HWP) in Hamburg. In the year 2004 she embarked on an Erasmus Exchange with the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland, where she decided to complete her law degree. In 2008 she concluded her LL.B. (Hons.) with a first class degree and commenced her Diploma of Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law. Sylvia completed her studies at the University of Hamburg in the respective Scottish semester breaks and obtained a Diploma in German Business and Labor Law in 2009. In the same year Sylvia enrolled in the LL.M. Innovation Technology and Law at the University of Edinburgh, which she completed in the year 2011. Alongside her studies, Sylvia has always been keen to learn about the practical side of things. With that in mind she started her legal traineeship with a Glaswegian firm in January 2010. After becoming a fully fledged solicitor in January 2012, she continued working for her training firm for further five months before returning to Germany in order to look for new challenges.

Catharina Maracke

Dr. Catharina Maracke is an associate professor at the Graduate School for Media and Governance, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, at Keio University. Her current work and interests include copyright law and policy, standardization efforts for public licensing schemes, and the general interaction between law and technology. Catharina is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council  on the Intellectual Property System at the World Economic Forum. Catharina graduated from the University of Kiel and the Hamburg Court of Appeal, Germany, with the first and second state examination. While studying, she obtained a scholarship from the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich to write her PhD thesis on the history of the German Copyright Act of 1965. As international Director at Creative Commons she has overseen the international license porting projects for more than 3 years. Catharina has served as a board member for iCommons and the OpenCourseWare Consortium. She is admitted to the bar in Germany.

Andrew Rens

Andrew Rens is a proponent and practitioner of open lawyering, and a scholar of the complex interactions of law, knowledge and innovation. As a consultant he assists clients around the world who want to use open licenses and open strategies in their businesses, non profit organisations and networks. An alumnis of the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship program Andrew acts as strategic advisor to the Harmony Licenses Project.Andrew Rens is currently based in North Carolina where he is researching the use of open licences in education at Duke Law School as an SJD Candidate and a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of the Public Domain. Andrew has taught and researched in the academy, litigated and consulted as an attorney and worked for social change in the non profit sector. He was the founding Legal Lead of Creative Commons South Africa, a co-founder and former director of The African Commons Project, a charter member and director of Freedom to Innovate South Africa, a fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and a research associate at the LINK Center at the School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Andrew was awarded a Master of Laws from the Law School at the University of the Witwatersrand where he where he subsequently taught Master’s courses in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Space and Satellite, and Media and Information Technology Law, before spending several years in San Francisco, California. Andrew was the Intellectual Property Fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation, and taught Master’s courses in Telecommunications Law (February to May 2010) and Electronic Intellectual Property Law (July to November 2009) at the University of Cape Town Law School.

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