Professor Ronald CC Cuming teaches at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. The focus of his academic work over a career of forty-six years (to date) has been on research that provides the basis for reform of Canadian and international commercial law. His primary motivation has been to engage in legal research and analysis that is influential beyond the academic community. His goal has been to have his work induce significant beneficial changes in national and international law. His recommendations have been incorporated in Canadian federal law and the law of nine provinces and territories of Canada. He participated in the development of three private international law conventions. One of these, proposed by him and in the development of which he played a central role, has resulted in the creation of a world-scale legal structure for secured financing that has no antecedents in the history of international law.
Professor Cuming has acted as a consultant to international development agencies including the World Bank (Washington), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (Vienna), the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Rome), the Asian Development Bank (Manila), the Organization of American States (Washington), and the United States Agency for International Development (Washington). His work has principally involved advising national governments in the design of legal structures that facilitate economic development in countries including countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.
Professor Cuming’s work in the form of journal articles and books has been extensively quoted, and his analysis has been applied many times by Canadian trial and appeal courts, and several times by the Supreme Court of Canada.