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Carolina Rossini is a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University, coordinating the Industrial Cooperation Project and working with Yochai Benkler. She is an attorney and academic with experience in intellectual property, international development, innovation policy, internet policy, the digital commons, and the impact of technology on cultures. Over the past few years, she has developed and deployed strategies on online community building for organizations such as USAID-Global Development Commons, Diplo Foundation,, brazilian efforts around e-rule-making, among others.

Since 2008, Carolina also coordinates the Brazilian Open Educational Resources Project: Challenges and Perspectives funded by the Open Society institute and institutionally supported by Fundacao Getulio Vargas Law School and UNESCO. Within this project, she has leaded the development of the OER-Brazilian community and authored the The State and Challenges of Open Educational Resources in Brazil

Additionally, Carolina is a legal advisor of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington in Intellectual Property and Innovation International Negotiations; the current Working Group Coordinator for Internationalization of SAGE and advisor for the UAEM Brazilian Chapter. She holds positions at the Diplo Foundation as a fellow for the Intellectual Property and Internet Governance Program, where she authored and teach online courses on Intellectual Property, and at IQSensato as a Research Associate for the Access to Knowledge and Innovation Program. Recently, she assumed the coordination of the strategic planning for community and communication at MINDS-Multidisciplinary Inter-institutional Network on Development and Strategies, and is a author of MINDS publications.

Before moving to the US, Carolina was part of the Brazilian Creative Commons team at Fundacao Getulio Vargas Law School, where she also was the Coordinator of the Legal Clinical Program and the CC Latin America chapter of Open Business, and was a lecturer in Intellectual Property and Introduction to Law disciplines. During her time at FGV she also assisted discussion and research on access to medicines; access to genetic resources and benefit sharing (having represented the academic community, within the Brazilian Delegation, during the Convention on Biologic diversity COP in Curitiba, Brazil) and free and open source software.

Before joining the academic life, Carolina was a counsel for almost 7 years at Telefonica Telecommunications Group in Brazil, having worked in Brazil and Spain.

She holds a LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Boston University (2008), and degrees from the Sao Paulo State University-UNESP (Master in International Negotiations - 2006), University of Sao Paulo (Bachelor in Law - 2000), Instituto de Empresa-IE, Spain (MBA in E-Business - 2004), Specialist in Industrial Property (University of Buenos Aires - 2006) and other certificate courses. She also studied international relations at the Catholic University in Sao Paulo.

Carolina is an active author of papers and book chapters, and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences.

Shes speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Some of her papers are:

A Brief Overview of U.S. Public Policy on OER from California's Community Colleges to the Obama Administration by Carolina Rossini, Erhardt Graeff (2009)

The Political Economy of Intellectual Property in the Emerging Alternative Energy Market by Carolina Rossini and Silas Bauer. (2009)

“The Open Access Movement: opportunities and challenges for developing countries” - Diplo Foundation, Internet Governance Program – 2007.(this article was accepted at “The Politics of Intellectual Property,” at the ECPR Joint Sessions, Rennes, France, April 2008 and First Pan-African Forum on Open Education Resources (OER), Ghana, Africa, May, 2008). This paper was publish at the Brazilian Law Journal: Revista Criação, N. 1, Vol. 1, 2008, IBPI - Brazilian Institute of Intellectual Property.

"The role of University technology licensing to address the Access and Research Gap: analysis of some initiatives" (2008)

Biotechnology and Biodiversity: the Asymmetries between TRIPs and CDB and Implications for Developing Countries Instituto Socio Ambiental (ISA) and De Olho nas Patentes. (GIV/USP)(2007)

"The WIPO Development Agenda and the Problem of Access to knowledge in Developing Countries" - Revista de Direito Administrativo. Under Review (2006)

Affonso, Carlos; Doneda, Danilo and Rossini, Carolina A.A., “The regulation of Spam and Implications in Internet Privacy” – Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (

She can be reached at carolina.rossini(at)

Main interests: Intellectual Property Policy; the concept of the Commons; Public Interest and A2K debate; Net Neutrality; Peer Production; The Role of Universities in Innovation; Open Access; Open Licensing; Social Responsible Licensing; Innovation Policy; Open Innovation; Renewable Energy Innovation; Biotechnology Innovation; Cooperation; Community Building and Technologies for Development.