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Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Chijioke Okorie is the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow under the SARChI Research Chair in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development in the Department of Commercial Law at University of Cape Town (UCT). She is also a Queen Elizabeth Scholar with the Open African Innovation Research (OpenAIR) Network. She obtained her PhD in Commercial Law (copyright and competition law in digital business models) from UCT and her LLM in Internet Law and Policy from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Dr Okorie is the author of Multi-sided music platforms and the Law: Copyright, Law and Policy in Africa (Routledge: 2019). 

Her full profile is available on: LinkedIn

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Desmond Oriakhogba is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Public Law Department; and a postdoctoral researcher under the DST/NRF SARChI Research Chair in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development, Commercial Law Department, University of Cape Town. He is also a Queen Elizabeth Scholar with the Open African Innovation Research (OpenAIR) Network. He obtained his PhD in Commercial Law (specialising in intellectual property and competition law), from the University of Cape Town; and his LLM and LLB degrees from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He is a qualified solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.



Research Students
Every year the IP Chair welcomes a new cohort of research students, as others complete their research and graduate -  see the list of graduated students and their research topics. The following students are currently undertaking research under Professor Ncube's supervision or co-supervision:


  1. Helen Chuma-Okoro
  2. Jade Kouletakis
  3. Caroline Mwaura 
  4. Victor Nzomo
  5. Aleck Ncube
  6. Philda Maiga
  7. Ruth Sinkala
  8. Hanani Hlomani
  9. Judith Kadege
  10. Luxmore Chiwuta

Master of Laws (LLM)

2019 2020
Cedrine Ernstzen Elissa Duku
Nicole Lawrence Tatenda Gundani
Relebohile Phoofolo Danai Nyamukusa
Shaik Neerooa Yonga Madikizela
Angie Silva Vuyo Magongoma
  Mzimasi Mayeza
  Nokwanda Zondi 


LLB  student research assistantships

These students contribute to the work of the Chair on assigned research topics and tasks. The students receive informal training and mentoring through participation in non-curriculum research seminars and participation in workshop/conference planning, logistics and administration. There are also opportunities for the students under the Chair to publish and enhance their leadership, organisational and community engagement skills.

2019 2020
Somila Dondashe Bianca Bresler 
Simamkele Gosa Angie Montandon 
Tumi Mohapi Morite Makola
Adelaide Lendor  Sanelisiwe Mthalane
  Muofhe Tshifularo