ASK Justice team, partners and stakeholders

Participating faculties in the ASK Justice network include faculties at the following institutions:

The core project team

ASK Justice is overseen by a steering committee which comprises the two principal investigators, the project manager and two senior members from participating universities. The steering committee is responsible for taking strategic decisions concerning the project’s direction, resource allocation and other implementation activities. The principal investigators are responsible for the technical success of the project, as well as compliance and reporting in accordance with the financial and administrative policies and regulations associated with the funding grant. The project manager coordinates and manages the administrative aspects of the project on a day-to-day basis, with the support of a finance and administration assistant. Three consultants were hired to undertake specific tasks for the project: two for communications and publications to assist with branding, communication and dissemination of the project outputs, particularly in the new media environment, and the third to assist with capacity building for research team members. Each of the main project activities is led by a theme leader and the work is undertaken by collaborators from the participating universities, as well as individuals from the private and non-governmental sectors.

Associate Professor Tobias Schonwetter

Principal investigator, steering committee, teaching and research components

Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

Dr Andrew Rens

Principal investigator, theme leader for research, steering committee

School of Law, Duke University

Professor Yousuf Vawda

Curriculum development, steering committee

College of Law and Management Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Professor Zahara Nampewo

Curriculum development, steering committee

School of Law, Makerere University

Naomi Njuguna

Theme leader for teaching component

School of Law, University of Nairobi

Nan Warner

Project manager, steering committee

Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

Phyllis Webb

Finance and administration

Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

Dr Rose Nakayi

Theme leader for research component

School of Law, Makerere University

Victor Nzomo

Curriculum development

CIPIT, Strathmore University

Lillian Makanga

Curriculum development, policy research

CIPIT, Strathmore University

Magistrate Ronald Nsobya

Curriculum development

Magistrate, National Judiciary of Uganda

Mbulelo Ncolosi

Curriculum development

Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

Catherine Karanja

Catherine Karanja & Co. Advocates, Mombasa

Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

Dr Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala

Policy research

School of Law, Makerere University

Dr Jimcall Pfumorodze

Policy research

Department of Law, University of Botswana

Dr Isaac Rutenberg

Policy research

CIPIT, Strathmore University

Professor Caroline Ncube

Policy research

Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

Lloyd Lotz

Public voice

Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, and Zululand. Now Provincial Manager of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) for the Western Cape

Elsabe Gelderblom

Communications and publications

Private consultant

Richard Jordi

Research capacity building

Private consultant

Linda Cilliers

Public voice

Consultant/OSF

Key partners and stakeholders

Open AIR has been an important partner to the ASK Justice project. Established in 2007, Open AIR is a pan-African research network focusing on a variety of issues related to openness, access, knowledge governance, innovation and development. It comprises a range of experts on A2K, and has gained considerable recognition in the policy-making sphere. ASK Justice has thus benefited tremendously from the partnership, since running the project through the Open AIR network has increased its reach and cost effectiveness, and assisted in maximising sustainability efforts. Partially in response to the ASK Justice initiative, the governance structure of Open AIR is being changed so that it can become a network that supports and coordinates multiple smaller networks and projects as well as one flagship project.

Key stakeholders of the ASK Justice project include national government representatives and officials responsible for IP policy, intergovernmental organisations for IP, intergovernmental organisations for human rights, civil society, IP and human rights scholars in sub-Saharan Africa, and students who take IP or human rights courses.