Ruxton McClure was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He completed his law degree, a Juris Doctorate (Magna Cum Laude), at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, in Ohio, USA. Prior to that he did an undergraduate in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics, at the University of Cape Town, as well as a post-graduate Honours degree in Political Science.
Ruxton's interest in international trade was awakened when participating in an economics course at the University of Cape Town simulating a Round of WTO negotiations under fairly realistic conditions. Following his Honours degree in Political Science, he pursued this interest at law school in Ohio, achieving the top grade in his class most relevantly for International Trade Law, International Dispute Resolution, Dispute Resolution Processes, and Law in Africa as well as several other classes. He was also fortunate to be hired as a research assistant by Professor Daniel C.K. Chow, for whom Ruxton helped revise and edit the Teacher's Guide to Professor Chow's textbook, Doing Business in China, but most relevantly Professor Chow's textbook, International Trade Law (published by Aspen).
During his time in law school Ruxton attended a summer school course, the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy, hosted by American University in Geneva, Switzerland. The close contact afforded by the program with individuals in both the trade and intellectual property communities, including the South African WTO mission, further honed his interest in - and knowledge of - international trade. He also took advantage of an opportunity to study at Oxford University, attending both a summer school and full semester in Oxford.
As Chief Managing Editor on The Ohio State Journal of Dispute Resolution, Ruxton played a leadership role in both editing articles for publication, and communicating with authors. Additionally, Ruxton was privileged to be published himself on the journal, with a paper entitled "Can the Leopard Change its Spots? - A Call for An African Dispute Resolution Mechanism" (Vol. 29 Oh. St. J. Disp. Res.). The paper described the actual (if not hypothetical) vacuum of rule of law in the African diplomatic arena, a situation antithetical to the avowed objectives of the African Union.