Professor of Law at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa; Member of the of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). International Arbitrator (FA Arb).
Prof. Dr. Ruppel currently also serves as Director of the Climate Change Policy and Energy Security Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) of the Federal Republic of Germany. Until 2010 he held one of the worldwide 14 founding academic chairs of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland, which he established at the University of Namibia, Windhoek, where he previously also served as Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre, a national institute established by statute under the Namibian Ministry of Justice. Prof. Dr. Ruppel is a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of various legal associations such as the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), the International Conservations Union (IUCN), World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and the Association for International Law. He is an International Arbitrator (FA Arb) with the Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa and the Swiss Chamber for Commercial Mediation (SCCM).