Nairobi Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT)
Strathmore University Law School, Nairobi
The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is an evidence-based research and training centre based at Strathmore University Law School, Nairobi, Kenya. Strathmore University, founded in 1961 as a not-for-profit body, was the first educational institution in Kenya to be awarded the ISO 9001:2000 certification on Quality Management and currently has a student population of 6,272.
CIPIT’s mission is to help Africans in all types of industry and arts effectively use Intellectual Property on a global and local scale and seek research informed improvement of ICT Policies in the region. We train lawyers, business executives and citizens on IP & ICT Law with a special focus on how ICT policies and regulatory environment affects the overall social, political and economic development of countries. Example training topics include ICT and Human Rights, cyber security and data protection, e-commerce, IP portfolio management, patent drafting and filing, branding and marketing, and issues pertaining to licensing.
The Cyber Security project at the Institute is anchored around the role of laws and the regulatory framework in enhancing Internet Freedom in Africa. We have recently been tracking the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection (AUCyC) and, as its implementation kicks in in the African Countries, we are monitoring how Internet freedom will be impacted. We are also offering practical research-based recommendations to relevant stakeholders focused on promoting a free, open Internet in Africa. A dedicated fellow who can contribute to our focus area of human rights in the cyber domain is welcome. Other relevant areas in which we can utilize a fellow’s research capacity is on ICT Governance, Freedom of Information, and International Relations in cyber related issues.