Richard Oppong is a Professor of Law at California Western School of Law, where he joined in July 2021. Before coming to California, he taught at universities in Canada and the United Kingdom. He completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia and Post-doctoral studies at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, both in Canada. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, a first-class Master of Laws degree in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge, and a first-class Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ghana.
Professor Oppong researches and works extensively in Africa. He is an external advisor to universities in Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. He has published widely on private international law, international arbitration, and regional economic integration. He is the author of The Government of Ghana and International Arbitration (2017), Private International Law in Commonwealth Africa (2013) and Legal Aspects of Economic Integration in Africa (2011), and co-author of Private International Law in Nigeria (2020).
Professor Oppong’s scholarship has been translated into French and Chinese. Some of his writings have won international writing prizes, including 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. In 2011 he was nominated for the Hessel Yntema Prize of the American Journal of Comparative Law. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada; the Killam Trusts, Canada; and the British Academy.
Professor Oppong is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is also an elected Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He was a member of the Working Group that drafted The Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts
, 2015. He was the Director of Studies (Private International Law) at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2012.