Thompson Rivers University

TRU researcher named as one of nation’s top new scholars

November 28, 2017

Dr. Richard Frimpong Oppong, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law.

Dr. Richard Frimpong Oppong was officially inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists during a Celebration of Excellence held on Nov. 24.

The celebration of Canadian intellectual achievement, held in Winnipeg, brought together the nation’s top, mid-career scholars and artists.

“It’s a major achievement and an honour to be part of the College,” said Oppong. “I met a lot of interesting people and I hope I’ll be able to work with some of them in the coming years.”

Oppong, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, was selected by a panel made up of Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada and member of the College.

Considered to be the world’s leading expert on Commonwealth African private international law, Oppong 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.

He 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. Oppong was inducted as a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences last year.

“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.

Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists are named for a period of seven years.


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