Dapo Akande, Professor Dapo Akande Biography and Profile

Who is Dapo Akande?

Dapo Akande is a Fellow at Exeter College and co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC). Before moving to the Blavatnik School, he was Professor of Public International Law at Oxford Law Faculty and was, from 2012 to 2017, co-director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations.

He has held visiting professorships at Yale Law School, the University of Miami School of Law and the Catolica Global Law School, Lisbon. He was the 2015 Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law.

Before taking up his position in Oxford in 2004, he held positions at the University of Nottingham and the University of Durham, and from 1994 to 1998, he taught part-time at the London School of Economics and at Christ’s and Wolfson Colleges, Cambridge.

Dapo is founding editor of EJIL:Talk! the widely read scholarly blog of the European Journal of International Law.

Dapo Akande CV

DateRole
University of Oxford 
2014 – dateUniversity of Oxford: Professor of Public International Law, Blavatnik School of Government
2009 – dateCo-Director, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict
2004 – dateFellow at St Peter’s College, then Exeter College, Oxford
Previously: 
2004- 2014University Lecturer in Public International Law, then Associate Professor
2013 – 2017Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations
2007- 2010Co-Director, Oxford University/George Washington University Summer School on Human Rights Law
Visiting Professorships 
2018University of Vienna
2014 – 2018Católica Global School of Law, Lisbon
2015Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar, University of Melbourne Law School
2000 – 2009University of Miami School of Law
2008 – 2009Yale Law School (2008-09)
Visiting Lectureships 
2011 – dateUnited Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law
2018 – dateUnited Nations Regional Courses on International Law
2018 – 2020Seoul Academy of International Law (Korean National Diplomatic Academy)
2015Director, Nuremberg Summer Academy
Lecturer in Law 
2000 – 2004University of Durham
1998-2000University of Nottingham
1996-1998Supervisor in International Law, Christ College & Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
1994-1998Class Teacher and Research Assistant, London School of Economics and Political Science

Advisory Work for International Organisations and Governments

DateRole
United nations 
2017Joint Opinion for United Nations Resident Coordinator in the State of Palestine (UNRC)
2013 – 2016Consultant, UN Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on law relating to humanitarian relief operations in armed conflict situations
2014Adviser, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions for report to UN General Assembly on “Drones, Right to Life, Targeted Killings”
African Union 
2018 – 2019Member, Technical Working Group, Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on Immunity of Heads of States
2013Consultant, Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice on Immunity of Heads of States
2009Consultant, Review of the Statute of the International Criminal Court
2005 to 2006Consultant, African Comprehensive Anti-Terrorism Model Law
Other International Organisations: 
2020Joint Opinion for Secretary General, Organization of American States on an issue before the International Criminal Court
2019Adviser to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on questions concerning the law of international organizations
2015 to 2016Member, International Group of Experts, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations
2013Consultant, Commonwealth Secretariat, Handbook on International Humanitarian Law
2011Member, Expert Working Group on the review of the Commonwealth’s Model Law on the Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
National Governments 
2020 – dateAdviser, Government of Japan, international law issues
2019International Law Expert, New Zealand Public Inquiry into Operation Burnham, dealing with conduct of New Zealand Defence Forces in Afghanistan
2015 to 2018Adviser, UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones, Inquiry into the UK’s collaboration with Partners in the use of armed drones
2015Consultant to Philippines Ministry of Foreign Affairs (on behalf of ASEAN/China Joint Working Group on Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Seas) on “The Concept of the Threat or Use of Force in International Law”
2013Adviser to Government of Botswana on drafting legislation to implement obligations under the Statute of the International Criminal Court
2010Adviser to a Middle Eastern state on implementation of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council on Iran

International Tribunals

DateRole
International Court of Justice 
2018 – dateCounsel and Advocate for Uganda, Armed Activities Case (Democratic Republic of Congo v. Uganda) Reparations Phase
2018Counsel and Advocate for Zambia, Chagos Islands Advisory Opinion
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea 
2019 – dateCounsel and Advocate for Nigeria, The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria) No. 2,
2019The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional Measures
International Criminal Court 
2019Confidential advice to the Office of the Prosecutor on international law arguments to be put to the Court
2020 – dateInternational law expert for Defence Counsel, The Prosecutor v. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud
European Court of Human Rights 
2021Counsel and Advocate for applicant, Hanan vs. Germany
2016Adviser to the applicants, Sydorenko v Ukraine and Russia; Obukhivskyy v Ukraine and Russia; Vakhovskyi v Ukraine and Russia
International Trade Tribunals 
2020 – dateAdviser to an Asian State, World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Panels
Arbitral Tribunals 
2007Expert, instructed by claimants: Enron Nigeria Power Holding Ltd (Cayman Islands) v Lagos State Government Nigeria; and Power Holding Company of Nigeria & Federal Republic of Nigeria Case No. 14 417/EBS/VRO International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration in London
Other 
1994 – 2000Assistant to Counsel in several cases before the International Court of Justice, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, North American Free Trade Agreement and World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Panels

National courts

DateRole
1998 – presentengaged as Adviser, Expert or Assistant in several cases before national courts and tribunals in England, the United States, New Zealand and Pakistan
2020 – dateMember, Essex Court Chambers

Selected training for Government officials

DateRole
2004 – dateCoordinator (to 2017) and Tutor, UK Royal Navy, Oxford Training Programme in International Law for Military Lawyers
2020Co-Chair, Executive Education Programme on Military Judgment and Leadership
2016-2020Lecturer, Nigerian Office of the Federal Director of Public Prosecution/Nigerian Army, capacity building workshops on strengthening justice and accountability in Nigeria
2005, 2007, 2012Lecturer, Asia-Pacific Region government officials, the implementation of the Statute of the International Criminal Court
2010Organiser, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, intensive training session for new head of Legal Department
2005Trainer, Sudanese Government, training of senior Sudanese government officials and judges in international humanitarian law

Books

  • Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law, Saul & Akande (eds., 2020)
  • Human Rights and 21st Century Challenges: Poverty, Conflict and the Environment, Akande, Kuosmanen, McDermott & Roser (eds., 2020)
  • Oppenheim’s International Law: The United Nations, with Higgins, Webb, Sivakumaran & Sloan (2017)
  • Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations, Member of International Group of Experts authoring the work (2017)
  • Practitioner’s Guide to Human Rights in Armed Conflict, Consultant Editor with Murray, Garraway, Hampson, Lubell & Wilmshurst (2016)
  • Oxford Companion to International Criminal Law and Justice, Editor with Cassese et al (2009)

Selected book chapters and journal articles

  • “Conflict-induced Food Insecurity and the War Crime of Starvation of Civilians as a Method of Warfare: The Underlying Rules of International Humanitarian Law”, (2019) Journal of International Criminal Justice (with E-C. Gillard)
  • “Treaty Law and ICC Jurisdiction over the Crime of Aggression”, (2018) 29 European Journal of International Law p. 939 (with A. Tzanakopoulos)
  • “International Organizations” in Evans (ed.) International Law (2018)
  • “Arbitrary Withholding of Consent to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Armed Conflict”, (2016) 92 International Law Studies p. 483 (with E-C. Gillard)
  • “The International Law Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones” (2016) 65 Int. & Comp. Law Q p. 791 (with C. Heyns, L. Hill-Cawthorne & T. Chengata)
  • “Selection of the International Court of Justice as a Forum for Contentious and Advisory Proceedings (Including Jurisdiction)” (2016) 7 Journal of International Dispute Settlement p. 320
  • “Clarifying Necessity, Imminence, and Proportionality in the Law of Self-Defense” (2013) 107 American Journal of International Law pp. 563-570 (with T. Lieflaender)
  • “Immunities, International Crimes and Foreign Domestic Courts”, (2010) 21 European Journal of International Law pp. 815-852 (with S. Shah)
  • “International Law Immunities and the International Criminal Court”, (2004) 98 American Journal of International Law pp. 407-433
  • “The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Nationals of Non-Parties: Legal Basis and Limits”, (2003) 1 Journal of International Criminal Justice pp. 618-650
  • “The International Court of Justice and the Security Council: Is there Room for Judicial Control of Decisions of the Political Organs of the United Nations”, (1997) 46 International and Comparative Law Quarterly pp. 309-343
  • “The Role of the International Court of Justice in the Maintenance of International Peace”, (1996) 8 African Journal of International and Comparative Law, pp. 592-616

Selected Membership of Academic Boards, Journals and Scholarly Organisations

DateMembership
2017 – dateTrustee, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
2013 – dateEditorial Board Member, American Journal of International Law
2015 – dateAdvisory Board Member, Israel Law Review
2015 – dateEditorial Board Member, Nigerian Yearbook of International Law
2015 – dateAdvisory Board Member, Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law
2016 – dateMember, Africa Group for Justice and Accountability
2011 – dateMember, Advisory Board, International Centre for Transitional Justice
2010 – 2013Member, Legal Advisory Board Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (Qatar)
2007 – 2017Member, Scientific Advisory Board, then Editorial Board, European Journal of International Law
2007 – 2013Member, Editorial Board, African Journal of International and Comparative Law (2007-2013)

Education

  • University of Oxford, MA (2004, awarded by resolution)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM (1994)
  • Nigerian Law School, qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor (1993)
  • University of Ife (Nigeria), LLB (1992)
Professor Dapo Akande’s portrait at St Peter’s College, Oxford
Professor Dapo Akande’s portrait at St Peter’s College, Oxford

Awards

  • American Society of International Law’s 2019 Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars: Higgins, Webb, Akande, Sivakumaran & Sloan, Oppenheim’s International Law: United Nations (2017, Oxford University Press),
  • Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar, University of Melbourne Law School, 2015
  • Premio Regione Toscana Giorgio La Pira Prize [Prize for the Best Paper Authored by a Young Scholar], Journal of International Criminal Justice, 2003
  • Junior Award of the International Affairs Sub-Committee of the Gilbert Murray Trust, 1995
  • Irving and Bonnar Scholarship Prize, Best Student, LL.B Part III Examinations, 1991
  • A.B. Kasunmu Prize, Best Student in the Law of Evidence 1991
  • Justice Olu Ayoola Prize – Best Student, LL.B Part II Examinations 1990
  • Nigerian National Petroleum Company/Chevron National Scholarship, 1989-1993

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