Regulation & Government

International Law Commission appoints new member

Akande was jointly nominated by the UK, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria and Slovenia, marking the first time a candidate had been nominated by states from four different UN regional groups.

The International Law Commission has appointed Dapo Akande as a member of the commission for a five-year term beginning on 1 January 2023.

Akande was elected via a secret ballot at the 32nd meeting of the General Assembly at its 76th session, held on 12 November 2021. 

Akande is a member of Essex Court Chambers and a professor at the University of Oxford. He was jointly nominated by the UK, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria and Slovenia, marking the first time a candidate had been nominated by states from four different UN regional groups.

The mandate of the International Law Commission is the codification and progressive development of international law. 

It consists of 34 members, and each state member of the United Nations can nominate up to four candidates. Two of the candidates could be nationals of the nominating State and two nationals of other States. 

Additionally, fellow members of Essex Court Chambers congratulate Akande on this “considerable achievement”.

Akande said: “I am thrilled, humbled and deeply honoured to have been elected to the International Law Commission for the term 2023-2027, and to have the opportunity to shape the future of international law.”

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