Dr Tobias Schonwetter
LLB equivalent Hamburg
Cell: 076 1817194
Fax: (021) 650 5770
Tobias Schonwetter was born and educated in Hamburg, Germany. He studied law at the University of Hamburg where he passed his first states exam (LLB equivalent) in 1999. Between the end of his university studies and the beginning of his articles, Tobias worked as a legal advisor for Studio Hamburg Fernsehallianz where he was mainly concerned with licensing of archive material for one of Germany's public broadcasters (ARD/NDR). During his articles, Tobias worked for several judges, a large German law firm, the Hamburg Ministry of Economic Affairs and a law firm in San Francisco, USA. At the end of his articles in 2002, he passed his second states exam. Thereafter, Tobias worked in the legal department of Germany's second biggest medical health insurance company.
In 2003, Tobias enrolled for master studies at UCT which he completed with distintion. He then worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant for the Department of Commercial Law and commenced doctoral studies in 2005. For his doctoral studies, Tobias received three times the prestigious UCT Research Associateship Award. In February 2009, Tobias submitted his PhD thesis on copyright exceptions and limitations.
Over the last years, Tobias has spoken at various national and international conferences and workshops and published on numerous copyright-related matters. At present, he is a member of the Commonwealth of Learning's Copyright Expert Group, the legal lead of Creative Commons South Africa, the country-lead researcher and research consultant for the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) project and a legal advisor for the technology law firm Chetty Law in Johannesburg. Tobias also co-manages the Law Faculty's digital repository 'lawspace'.
Tobias teaches Copyright Law to undergraduate and postgraduate students in UCT's Law Faculty.