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Nigeria and UK joint candidate for International Law Commission visit Abuja

Professor Akande held a series of meetings, including with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. His unprecedented joint appointment by Nigeria, Kenya, Japan, Slovenia and the UK underscores the breadth of experience he offers.

As well as being one of the UK’s top jurists, we have officially appointed him alongside Nigeria. Professor Akande was born in Nigeria where he first graduated as a lawyer. For a candidate from the Western European Group and Others (WEOG), he has a unique perspective and expertise in Africa that will make a significant contribution to the work of the International Legal Commission.

Professor Akande has shaped views on international law in Africa, as a member of editorial or advisory boards such as the African Association of International Law and the Nigerian and Ethiopian Yearbooks of International Law, and through his work as consultant to the African Union. , and the Commonwealth.

Professor Akande has acted as counsel / advocate for several African states before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, as well as advising their national governments. He also organized legal training for the Nigerian military and prosecution, as well as Sudanese government officials / judges.

During the visit, Prof Akande said:

I am very grateful for the enthusiastic support I have received since announcing my candidacy and look forward to the support from all countries. Considering the important role that the ILC plays in the development of international law, it will be a great privilege to be able to offer my perspective, my experience and my expertise to make what I hope will be a significant contribution to the work of the International Law Commission.

British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing said:

It is an honor and a privilege to welcome Professor Dapo Akande to Abuja today. He is an outstanding scholar and lawyer and it is wonderful that the UK and Nigeria jointly nominate him for a post on the International Law Commission. This once again demonstrates the strength of our partnership and our bonds between people.

Ambassador Adamu Onoze Shuaibu, on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, HE Geoffrey Onyeamea, said:

It is relevant to reveal that the Nigerian government is working diligently and has embarked on a rigorous campaign to support our co-nominee, Professor Dapo Akande, through our diplomatic missions across the world. I also express Nigeria’s appreciation to the UK Government for their selflessness in providing a real platform to co-nominate a distinguished scholar and astute lawyer.

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Professor Dapo Akande

  • As well as being one of the UK’s top jurists, Professor Akande was born and first graduated as a lawyer in Nigeria. Nigeria officially nominated him alongside the UK, Kenya, Slovenia and Japan. He has a unique perspective and expertise in Africa that will make a significant contribution to the work of ILC

  • Professor Akande has acted as counsel / advocate for several African states to ICJ and ITLOS, as well as advising their national governments. He also organized legal training for the Nigerian military and prosecution, as well as government officials / judges in Sudan.

The International Law Commission

  • the ILC examines areas of international law and suggests clarifications, codifications or improvements
  • the ILC is composed of 34 members, drawn from the regional groups of the United Nations. It shapes international law through its influential reports and proposals, and its recommendations often address issues of importance to the development of law.