Dapo Akande, a professor of public international law at the University of Oxford and a Nigerian by birth, has been elected to the International Law Commission (ILC).
On Friday, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) confirmed the news.
The UK and Nigerian candidates for the commission were nominated by Akande.
He was the first candidate ever to be chosen in a combined nomination by the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
Japan, Kenya, and Slovenia all endorsed his candidacy.
His appointment, according to the UK government, demonstrates the UK and Nigeria’s “shared confidence” that he will “bring those high standards to the ILC.”
For the next five years, Akande will be a member of the ILC.
Akande was born in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, and studied law at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun.
With over 25 years of legal expertise, he is a world-renowned expert in public international law.
He began his legal career as a research assistant to Bola Ajibola, Nigeria’s former attorney general, and has since worked as an international litigation counsel for the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), World Trade Organisation (WTO), International Criminal Court (ICC), and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Akande has also worked as a consultant for the International Criminal Court (ICC), the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), NATO, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The UN General Assembly established the International Law Commission in 1947 to carry out the assembly’s mandate, launch investigations, and make recommendations in order to promote the gradual development of international law and its codification.