Dapo Akande appointed Chichele Professor of Public International Law

The Faculty of Law and All Souls College are delighted to announce that Professor Dapo Akande has been appointed Chichele Professor of Public International Law.  He will take up the post in October 2023.

Previous holders of the chair have included Professor Catherine Redgwell, Sir Humphrey Waldock QC, Sir Ian Brownlie QC, and Professor Vaughan Lowe KC.

Dapo Akande is currently Professor of Public International Law at the Blavatnik School of Government, a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC). In January 2023 he became a Member of the United Nations International Law Commission.

Dapo is a generalist international lawyer who has worked across many areas of the field, including the law of international organizations, the law of armed conflict, international criminal law, the law relating to cyber operations, and international dispute settlement. He is one of the co-authors of Oppenheim's International Law: The United Nations (2017, OUP), which was awarded the 2019 Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law. His article ‘The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Nationals of Non-Parties: Legal Basis and Limits’ was awarded the 2003 Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize and his 2016 co-authored piece ‘The International Legal Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones’ in the International Comparative Law Quarterly was selected for the ICLQ Annual Lecture 2017. Dapo is founding editor of the widely read EJIL:Talk! scholarly blog of the European Journal of International Law. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading international law journals including the American Journal of International Law and the European Journal of International Law.

Dapo is regularly called on to provide advice on international law issues to states, international organizations and civil society organizations. He been a member of several boards and advisory committees for governments and international bodies including, the United States Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law; the UK Ministry of Defence AI Ethics Advisory Panel; the Ukrainian Government’s Presidential Working Group on compensation for damage caused to Ukraine as a result of the armed aggression by the Russian Federation; and the ICRC’s Global Advisory Board on Digital Threats During Conflict.