Dick Kawooya

Uganda Team Member and Principal Investigator in Open AIR, Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina

Dr. Kawooya, an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), served as Lead Researcher for the precursor project to Open A.I.R., the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project, from 2007 to 2010. Kawooya's current research focuses on IP rights in informal sectors in the African context, specifically relationships  between IP rights (e.g. copyright) and informal sector activities. Kawooya holds a PhD in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee, where his doctoral research explored Ugandan traditional musicians’ construction of ownership. Kawooya held an Open Society Institute (OSI) Fellowship in 2006-2007 at the Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Budapest, conducting research on the impact of copyright on representation of African knowledge and access to general knowledge (e.g. e-resources). Kawooya has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) Copyright Expert Group and as Uganda's national copyright expert (representing the Consortium of Ugandan University Libraries) for the international Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL) assocation. Kawooya has attended, and presented at, several meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), including the June 2005 Inter-sessional Intergovernmental Meeting (IIM) on a Development Agenda for WIPO.

Bridges news

30 October 2015
La ministérielle africaine de l’OMPI devrait adopter une approche de la propriété intellectuelle équilibrée, axée sur le développement et prenant en compte les réalités africaines. L’Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI) a récemment annoncé qu’elle organisait, avec le Bureau...
4 October 2015
An African ministerial meeting, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO), to be held in Senegal next November 3-5 should embrace a balanced and development-oriented approach to intellectual property. Such an approach ought to take into...