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Dr Richard Oppong

Senior Lecturer in Law

Faculty/Dept/School School of Law
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)


Dr. Richard Oppong is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the Royal Society of Canada‚Äôs College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia, and Post-doctoral studies at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. He holds Master of Laws degrees from Harvard Law School and the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ghana. He was called to the Ghana Bar in 2003. Richard has taught at and worked for academic institutions in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda. In 2012, he held the post of Director of Studies (Private International Law) at The Hague Academy of International Law.   His research interests are in private international law (conflict of laws), contracts and international commercial law, regional economic integration and trade, and international dispute settlement. Richard has published widely and made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the law with his scholarship. He has published several books  articles, book chapters, and book reviews. Two of his sole-authored books have been translated into Chinese. He received the 2013 American Society of International Law prize in Private International Law and the 2014 James Crawford Prize of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement for his scholarship. His research has been funded by the British Academy, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Killam Trusts, and Foundation for Legal Research in Canada. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Yearbook of Private International Law and the Journal of Private International Law, and an Assistant Editor to the Global Journal of Comparative Law. He is frequently consulted by international organisations, law firms, funding bodies, and publishers. He was a member of the Working Group of The Hague Conference on Private International Law that drafted The Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts, 2015.