Intersections of law and cooperative global climate governance challenges in the anthropocene
Inaugural lecture delivered on 19 March 2013
Oliver C. Ruppel joined the Department of Mercantile Law, Stellenbosch University (SU) as professor in January 2011. Until then he held one of the 14 prestigious Chairs in the Academic Programme of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Geneva (Switzerland), which he established at the Faculty of Law, University of Namibia in 2009. Prior to this, in 2007, he was appointed to serve as Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre, a national institute established by statute under the Namibian Ministry of Justice and the University of Namibia. As the author of seven books, numerous articles in international journals and other academic writings his research focuses on international law and diplomacy, with a particular focus on world trade law, regional integration policy, sustainable development law and environmental law. At SU he is in charge of the LLM modules on aspects of environmental law and legal aspects of world and regional trade. He also lectures as a Professor Extraordinaire at various institutions in Africa and around the world. At present he also serves as AR5 Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for the Chapter on Africa in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II. Oliver obtained his undergraduate law degree after studies at the Universities of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Munich (Germany) where he also completed his training as legal practitioner (Freiherr von Schuckmann Attorneys). He holds an LLM (Stell), MM (Hagen), LLD (CU) and a PG Dip Int. Human Rights Law (Finland). He is an International Arbitrator (FA Arb) with the Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa and a Commercial Mediator (SCCM) with the Swiss Chamber for Commercial Mediation, Zurich (Switzerland). He is a member of the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Association of University Lecturers, Nairobi (Kenya); the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Ottawa (Canada); the Administrative Law Reform Commission, Ministry of Justice, Windhoek (Namibia); the editorial board of NIELS Journal of Environmental Law, Lagos (Nigeria); the editorial board of Legal Perspectives on Global Challenges Series, The Hague (Netherlands); the editorial board of Law and Constitution in Africa, NOMOS (Germany); the Swiss (SSDI) and the South African (SABILA) Branches of the Association for International Law. He is married to Dr Katharina Ruppel-Schlichting, who is also a lawyer by profession. They have two daughters, Franziska Freyja Nicolette (10) and Sophia Emma Antoinette (5).