Members of the College are selected by an internal RSC peer-review competition made up of Fellows of the RSC and Members of the College.
Oppong, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, is TRU’s second faculty member to be selected to the College. The Members of the College are Canadians and Permanent Residents who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement.
“The selection certainly means a lot, and is another confirmation of the recognition that my peers have accorded to me and my research,” said Oppong, who was inducted as a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in November.
“This opens up opportunities for me in terms of getting to know other academics and people that I may be able to collaborate with. The recognition that comes with this honour will help me in my own research.”
Oppong, who received his education from the University of Ghana, Ghana School of Law, the University of Cambridge, Harvard Law School and the University of British Columbia, was a Killam Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dalhousie University and a lecturer at Lancaster University Law School in the UK before taking a founding position in the TRU Faculty of Law in 2011.
“A distinguished scholar, an accomplished teacher and research mentor, and an internationally recognized legal authority, Dr. Oppong exemplifies the very best in an emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership,” said Dr. Will Garrett-Petts, Associate Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies.
“On behalf of the Faculty of Law, as well as our colleagues and students, I extend our congratulations to Dr. Richard Frimpong Oppong. His selection as a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is a further welcome recognition of Dr. Oppong’s stellar international reputation as a leading scholar,” said Dr. Bradford Morse, Dean of the Faculty of Law.
Oppong is considered to be the world’s leading expert on Commonwealth African private international law, and is internationally renowned for his work on regional economic integration in Africa, exposing how the absence of sound legal frameworks hinders Africa’s economic integration initiatives.
Currently supported by his second Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant, Oppong is embarking on a new project entitled: “Regional and National Courts and Africa’s Economic Integration: A Study of the East African Community.”
Oppong recently returned from Ghana where he delivered his inaugural lecture to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on the topic: The Government of Ghana and International Arbitration.”
Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists are named for a period of seven years. The induction ceremony for the incoming cohort of the College will occur in Winnipeg in November, during the RSC’s Celebration of Excellence.
Dr. Richard Frimpong Oppong