Prof. Dr. Oliver C. Ruppel is a full Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and the Director of the Development and Rule of Law Programme (DROP), likewise at the University of Stellenbosch. He also lectures as a Professor Extraordinaire at various institutions in Africa and around the world.
He graduated in law after studies of law, political sciences, philosophy and languages at the Universities of Lausanne and Munich, before being trained as legal practitioner. He obtained his LLM in public law from the University of Stellenbosch and his doctorate from the University of Bratislava. He also holds the academic degree Master of Mediation from the University of Hagen; a postgraduate diploma in international human rights law from the Finnish Åbo Academi University; and a postgraduate diploma from the Munich School of Philosophy S.J., where he also taught as a lecturer at a later stage in his career.
Before transferring to the University of Stellenbosch in 2010, he taught at the University of Namibia where he also established one of the worldwide 14 Chairs in the Academic Programme of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Prior to this he served as Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre in Windhoek, a national institute established by statute under the Namibian Ministry of Justice.
Ruppel is an International Arbitrator (FA Arb) with the Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa and the Swiss Chamber for Commercial Mediation (SCCM). He is a Member of various legal associations such as the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), the International Conservations Union (IUCN) World Commission (WCEL), the Swiss and the South African Branches of the Association for International Law. He is a Member of the Board of the African Law Association (Gesellschaft für Afrikanisches Recht); a Council Member of the Centre for International Studies at the European Law Faculty, Ljubljana; and a Member of the International Consortium for Geopolitical Studies of the Sahel, Cornell.
Ruppel serves as Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for the Chapter on Africa in the 5th Assessment of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II. Moreover, he is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of African Foreign Affairs (JoAFA); a Member of the Editorial Board of the NIELS Journal of Environmental Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; a Member of the Editorial Board of the Legal Perspectives on Global Challenges Series in The Hague; and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Publication Series Law and Constitution in Africa, NOMOS Publishers (Germany).
As the author of 17 books, more than 70 articles in international journals and other academic writings his professional focus lies on public international law and diplomacy, with a particular focus on world trade law, regional integration policy, climate change and investment, alternative dispute resolution, sustainable development and the rule of law.
Latest publications: OC Ruppel / B Althusmann (2015) Perspectives on Energy Security and Renewable Energies in Sub-Sahara Africa – Practical Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges. Windhoek: MacMillan Publishers; C Elkemann / OC Ruppel (2015) Chinese Foreign Direct Investment into Africa in the context of BRICS and Sino-African Bilateral Investment Treaties”, Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business.