People at DROP

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Prof. Dr. Oliver C. Ruppel is the Director of DROP. He is a full Professor at the Faculty of Law of Stellenbosch University and a Professor Extraordinaire at several universities around the world. He is Non-resident Distinguished Fellow at the Fraunhofer Centre for International Management and Knowledge Economy (IMW), Leipzig, Germany and served as the founding Director of the Climate Policy and Energy Security Programme for subsaharan Africa of the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). Until 2010 he held one of the worldwide 14 academic chairs of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland, which he established at the University of Namibia, Windhoek, where he had previously also served as the Director of the national Human Rights and Documentation Centre. He is a member of the distinguished Cameroon Academy of Sciences and served as Coordinating Lead Author for the Chapter on Africa in the last assessment of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II. He is an international arbitrator with the Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa, inter alia member of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) of the International Conservations Union (IUCN); the Wildlife Justice Commission, The Hague, Netherlands; the German African Law Association; the Commission for Legal Pluralism; the South African and Swiss Branches of the International Law Association. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Platform for Disaster Displacement (PDD), Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Peter de Clercq is a senior non-resident fellow at DROP since 2020. He is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Governance in the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa. He is the former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (UNSOM) and Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in that country. He has worked with the UN and in the diplomatic field for 34 years at various duty stations in peacekeeping, political affairs, development and humanitarian operations. He retired from his UN career at the Assistant Secretary-General level. Mr de Clercq has been engaged with the UN in the fields of managing political processes, security sector development, operations and emergency management, protection of civilians and rule of law, as well as mobilisation and management of humanitarian and development assistance. He has spearheaded some of the largest humanitarian emergencies in the World as well as led development, reconstruction and Peace/State Building efforts in highly complex and fragile environments throughout his career. He was elected Chairperson of the Advisory Group to the International Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva in 2019 for a 2-year period.

Dr. Harald Ginzky is a senior non-resident fellow at DROP since 2019. He holds a PhD in International Public Law and was Senior Researcher at University of Bremen. Since 2003 he is working for the German Environment Agency as an expert of national, European and international environmental law. His Focus lies on water, soil, oceans, in particular deep seabed mining, as well as chemical law and geo-engineering. He was a member of German delegations to UNCCD COPs and Annual sessions of the International Seabed Authority and the German delegation for London Convention/London Protocol (Amendments concerning Carbon Sequestration in Sub seabed geological formations – 2006 and 2009, Amendment on Marine Geo-Engineering 2013). He is member of the editing board of the German “journal of environmental law” since 1992 and Chief Editor of “International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy”. In cooperation with DROP he leads several projects on sustainable management and governance of soils in Africa and India.

Ms. Marianca Louw is a LLD candidate researching the governance of water resources and interrelating issues between climate change and human security, which includes water stress, water availability and water pollution. In doing so she engages on the interaction between water law, climate change regulation, and human rights and how the responsible use of water can create a more secure and prosperous future for the people in South Africa and on the African continent, while still pursuing sustainable (economic) development.

Ms. Mercy Teko is a non-resident fellow at DROP since 2019. She has recently finalised her LLM at Birkbeck University of London in the field of International Economic Law. She had previously completed her LLB from Strathmore Law School, Nairobi, Kenya, where she currently works as a lecturer. Her areas of interest include; Economic Law, Justice and Development, Environmental Law and Gender Studies. At DROP she is involved in ongoing work on climate change law.

Mr. Absalom Shigwedha is non-resident fellow at DROP since 2019. He is a Namibian award-wining independent environmental journalist. At DROP he is engaged in climate advocacy projects.

Mr. Georg Junger is a DROP assistant since 2019 and LLM candidate at Stellenbosch University.

Ms. Larissa-Jane Houston is a DROP Project Assistant since 2020 and LLM candidate at Stellenbosch University.

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