Brussels / 31 January & 1 February 2015


Amanda Brock

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The speaker description is potentially outdated as it is from a previous FOSDEM edition.

Amanda Brock, Director/ Solicitor, Origin, International Technology Law, London was General Counsel, of Canonical – lead commercial sponsor of the open source operating system Ubuntu - from 2008 to 2012, where she managed the worldwide legal function in Canonical. Amanda currently acts as legal adviser to a wide range of technology clients on areas from start up to open source.

With 20 years of experience as a practising lawyer, Amanda advises on topics including business strategy and commercial, contract, IP and IT law. She spent almost 15 years working as a lawyer in-house including as European Manager at DSG International where she was the first lawyer at the ISP, Freeserve. and UK Legal Director, Aramark, and interim General Counsel at French Connection/ Nicole Farhi. She has set up a number of legal teams and has worked globally, particularly in the US and Asia.

Amanda is as a solicitor in England and Scotland. Her first law degree is an LLB from the University of Glasgow and she has a Masters in IP and IT law from Queen Mary and a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence from NYU. Amanda is a member of the Advisory Board of the QMW, University of London Open Source Centre of Excellence and has spoken internationally and written extensively on Tech and commercial law. She is a founding editor of the IFOSS (International Free and Open Source) Law Review and an active member of the FSFE’s European Legal Network. Her book, E:business a Practical Guide to the laws will be published in its third edition in 2013 as will her chapter in Oxford University Press’s Free and Open Source Software: Policy and Practise.


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