British professor Dapo Akande backed by five UN members for 2021 elections to the International Law Commission
Highlighting the caliber of Professor Akande’s legal experience and expertise, this is the first time in the history of the ILC that a candidate has been nominated by countries from four different regional groups of the United Nations (UN ). This wide-ranging support demonstrates that Professor Akande is exceptionally well qualified to serve on this prestigious body of the United Nations.
With over 25 years of experience in top academic institutions and a prolific author, Professor Akande maintains close ties with the international legal community. He is an internationally renowned expert in public international law and currently teaches at the University of Oxford. Professor Akande is also one of the founders of EJIL: TALK! and member of the board of directors of several legal journals and learned societies around the world.
As a lawyer, he has advised countries around the world and appeared before many leading legal institutions, such as the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Criminal Court and the Court. European. human rights.
Professor Akande has a strong vision and if elected he has three main objectives: to help the Commission to solve contemporary problems of international law; work closely with UN Member States to identify issues and develop solutions and; to ensure the highest standards of technical legal expertise.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The UK has always been a strong supporter of the International Law Commission and is proud of the contribution that UK international lawyers have made to its work. I believe that Professor Akande is perfectly positioned to further strengthen this contribution. “
UK candidate for the Commission, Professor Akande, said: “It is a real honor to be nominated by UK, Nigeria, Japan, Kenya and Slovenia to the Commission of international law. Throughout my career, I have defended and promoted internationalism. If elected, I will endeavor to make a meaningful contribution to international law and international cooperation. “
On June 10, Prof. Akande will participate in the event “Crimes Against Humanity: The Legal Framework and the Work of the International Law Commission” with Prof. Charles Jalloh, Sierra Leone’s candidate for the ILC, and the Professor Phoebe Okowa, nominated for ILC by Kenya and UK.
Professor Dapo Akande is the UK’s candidate for the International Law Commission for the period 2023-2027, and has also been nominated by Japan, Kenya, Nigeria and Slovenia. Each member of the International Law Commission can nominate up to four candidates, and the UK has also nominated Japanese Professor Masahiko Asada and Kenyan Professor Phoebe Okowa. The election will take place in November 2021. For more details on Professor Akande, his campaign brochure is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.