College of Law

Research Area(s)

  • Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Commercial law (domestic and international)
  • Private international law
  • Secured financing law

Professional Education

  • LLM (Columbia) 1967
  • LLB (Saskatchewan) 1963
  • BA (Saskatchewan) 1962


Professor Ron Cuming has 50 years of professional experience as a professor of commercial law and more than 30 years of experience as an international consultant, with expertise in secured financing, leasing and insolvency law. Professor Cuming joined the faculty in 1966. He was visiting professor at the University of British Columbia in 1972-74 and Assistant Dean of the College 1974-76. He served as Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Law Reform Commission, 1978-82. He received a USSU Teaching Excellence Award in 1992-93, the University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Researcher Award in 1998 and the College of Law Teaching Award in 2007. In 2015, Professor Cuming received the Lifetime Achievement Award - National Bankruptcy and Restructuring Section from the Canadian Bar Association.

Professor Cuming's research focuses on national and international secured financing law, leasing law, judgment enforcement law, leasing law and insolvency (bankruptcy) law. He was the principal draftsperson for Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan in the preparation of Personal Property Security Acts, legislation which also acted as models for five other jurisdictions in Canada. Professor Cuming was a technical advisor to the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit) and the Canada Department of Justice in the preparation of the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, 2001. He has acted as technical advisor to World Bank, the Organization of American States, the Asian Development Bank and other international agencies in the area of commercial law reform of developing countries including Albania, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen. Professor co-authored a report on reform of Saskatchewan judgment enforcement law which led to the enactment in 2010 of The Enforcement of Money Judgments Act. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan and a member of the Commission of Experts of the Supervisory Authority of the International Registry (ICAO).

Publications and Research Work

The Saskatchewan Enforcement of Money Judgments Act: Commentary and Analysis (Sask. Queen’s Printer, 2016) with D. Layh.

Saskatchewan Real Property Security Law (Sask. Queen’s Printer, 2016) [book]

“Priority Competitions Between Secured and Unsecured Creditors: The Evolution of Policy” (2015) 30 Banking and Finance law Review 456

“The Constitutionality of the PPSA: ‘Much Ado about Nothing’” (2015) 56 Canadian Business Law Journal 325

“Section 18 of the Saskatchewan Limitation of Civil Rights Act: A Good Idea or Troublesome Relic” (2015), 78  Sask. Law Rev. 1

“Equity and the PPSA: Strange Bedfellows” (2014), 55 Canadian Business Law Journal 179

R.C.C Cuming, Secured Creditors’ Non-Statutory Remedies: Unfinished Business, (2013) 91Canadian Bar Review 243. 

R.C.C.Cuming, “The Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment: When it Applies and with What Consequences, Published in Secured Transactions in Personal Property: Cases, Text and Materials, A. Duggan and Jacob Ziegel, (6th ed., Emond Montgomery, Toronto, 2013) 643 

R.C.C. Cuming, “Australian Personal Property Securities Law – A book for All Reasons” – book review; (2013) 54 Canadian Business Law Journal 307 (10 pp.)

The Saskatchewan Enforcement of Money Judgments Act: Commentary and Analysis, (Regina, Queen’s Printer Publications, 2012) with D. Layh

Personal Property Security Law, 2nd ed. (Toronto, Irwin Law, 2nd ed, 2012) with C. Walsh and R. Wood

Personal Property Security Law (Irwin Law, Inc, 2005) with C. Walsh and R. Wood

Personal Property Securities in New Zealand (Brookers, 2002) (600 pp.) with M. Gedye and R. Wood

Alberta Personal Property Security Act Handbook, 4th ed. (Calgary: Carswell, 1998)

British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Handbook, 4th ed. (Calgary: Carswell, 1998)

Saskatchewan and Manitoba Personal Property Security Handbook (Calgary: Carswell, 1995)