Oliver C. Ruppel
Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and Director of the Development and Rule of Law Programme (DROP), Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He is the Founding Director of the Climate Policy and Energy Security Programme for sub-Saharan Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, cooperating with country offices in Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Namibia, Angola, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (IMW), Leipzig (Germany) and a regular visiting Professor at the University of Namibia; Strathmore Law School, Nairobi (Kenya); Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaoundé (Cameroon); and the European Faculty of Law in Ljubljana (Slovenia). In 2009 he established one of the worldwide 14 founding academic chairs of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva (Switzerland) at the University of Namibia, Windhoek, where he had previously also served as Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre, a national institute established by statute under the Namibian Ministry of Justice. He is a member of the International Conservations Union (IUCN) World Commission (WCEL) and served as Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for Africa in the 5th Assessment of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II.