Foreword by Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary
The United Kingdom is pleased to nominate Professor Dapo Akande as our candidate for the International Law Commission for the period 2023-2027. The UK has always been a strong supporter of the International Law Commission and is proud of the contribution that British international lawyers have made to its work.
I believe that Professor Akande is perfectly positioned to strengthen this contribution yet further.
With over twenty-five years of legal experience, Professor Akande is exceptionally well-qualified to serve as a member of the Commission. Not only is Professor Akande one of the finest legal scholars in the UK, he is also a world-renowned expert in public international law, as both an academic and independent practitioner.
He originally qualified as a lawyer in Nigeria and is currently Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is on the advisory or editorial boards of international law periodicals in Europe, America, Africa and Asia. He has written and researched more than sixty publications across a range of international legal topics.
Professor Akande has acted as a consultant to international organisations, including the United Nations (UN), the African Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the International Criminal Court, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
As Counsel or Adviser, Professor Akande has worked on international litigation before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the World Trade Organisation, the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as on cases involving public international law in domestic courts.
In this work, he has represented both Governments and individual claimants. Professor Akande has also provided training on international law to Governments across the world, demonstrating his commitment to promoting the highest standards in international law.
For all these reasons, I strongly endorse the candidature of Professor Akande at the elections for the International Law Commission that will be held during the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in November 2021.
I hope that UN members have the opportunity to meet and engage with him, virtually or in-person, over the coming months. In doing so, I am sure that you will recognise the tremendous expertise, energy and rigour that Professor Akande would bring to the work of the Commission.
I am pleased to commend Professor Akande to all UN members as the UK candidate for this important role.
The Rt Hon Dominic Raab
Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State
Professor Dapo Akande Introductory Statement
I am delighted and honoured to be the UK candidate for the International Law Commission for the term 2023–27.
I have been fortunate to enjoy over twenty-five years as a legal academic and practitioner. I am currently Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford, and I have also taught international law in leading universities around the world.
As a legal practitioner, I have advised numerous international organisations, including United Nations (UN) bodies, the African Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Commonwealth Secretariat, as well as many national governments. I have written or co-authored more than sixty publications on a wide range of international legal topics, including Oppenheim’s International Law: The United Nations.
One of my career highlights was founding EJIL:Talk!, the popular blog of the European Journal of International Law.
I am seeking election to the Commission because I believe I can make a meaningful contribution to its work. My research and practice cover a broad range of areas of international law.
I have a particular interest in developing the legal principles and institutions which support international cooperation, help to resolve international disputes, and ultimately, promote the well-being of the individual. My contribution to the Commission would draw significantly from my combination of extensive academic and practical experience in the United Kingdom and around the world.
Throughout my career, I have developed strong relationships with different parts of the international legal community and I would work in a spirit of collegiality and cooperation with other members of the Commission and the UN General Assembly’s Sixth (Legal) Committee.
I am dedicated to upholding the highest standards in international law, and to the progressive development of the international legal system.
I have a strong vision for the role I would like to play in the International Law Commission. If elected, my main aim would be to safeguard the positive contribution of the Commission in resolving contemporary problems of international law.
I would also work closely with UN member states in identifying topics for consideration and developing solutions.
Finally, I would ensure that the Commission combines the highest standards of technical legal expertise with careful consideration of the needs of the international community as a whole.
I am proud of my track record of helping to explain the importance of international law to a wide variety of audiences, and contributing to its application.
It would be a privilege to play a constructive role in the codification and progressive development of international law by contributing to the Commission’s essential work of clarifying the rules on which international cooperation is based, and which help to promote a just and peaceful system of international relations.
Thank you for your support.
Professor Dapo Akande