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. Before transferring to the University of Stellenbosch in 2010, he lectured at the University of Namibia (UNAM) where he also established one of the worldwide 14 Founding Chairs in the Academic Programme of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Switzerland. Prior to this he served as Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre (HRDC), a national institute established by statute under the Namibian Ministry of Justice and UNAM.
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 South African Branch of the Association for International Law (SABILA) and the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF). He is a Member of the Board of the German African Law Association (Gesellschaft für Afrikanisches Recht ); a Council Member of the Centre for International Studies at the European Law Faculty, Ljubljana, Slovenia; and a Member of the International Consortium for Geopolitical Studies of the Sahel, USA. He serves as Coordinator and Member of the Technical Committee of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scholarship Programme; a Member of the Advisory Board ofUNAM Law Review ; a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of African Foreign Affairs (JoAFA); a Member of the Editorial Board of theNIELS 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, Netherlands; a Member of the Editorial Board of the Publication Series Law and Constitution in Africa , NOMOS Publishers, Germany; and a Member of the Editorial Board of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy , Springer Publishers, Germany. He graduated in law after studies at the Universities of Lausanne, Switzerland and Munich, Germany and holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Stellenbosch, a Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) from Comenius University, a Master of Mediation degree (MM) from the University of Hagen, Germany and a postgraduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law from Åbo Academi University, Finland.
Katharina Ruppel-Schlichting is a Senior Legal Researcher and Director of the Meissen-Institute, Forum for Law, International Relations and Development. Dr. Ruppel-Schlichting is a qualified lawyer and international legal consultant. She graduated after legal studies at the Universities of Passau and Munich and holds a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Stellenbosch and a Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) from Comenius University. Dr. Ruppel-Schlichting is specialised in Public International Law, currently concentrating on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development.