On Thursday 16 March, Professor Dapo Akande and Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne jointly delivered the International and Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ) Annual Lecture for 2017. The ICLQ Annual Lecture showcases the best papers published in the ICLQ which is one of the leading international law journals in the world. The 2017 lecture is based on the article “The International Law Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones” which was co-authored by Dapo and Lawrence (whose DPhil was supervised by Dapo) with Professor Christof Heyns and Dr Thompson Chengeta in Volume 65 (2016) of the ICLQ. The article arose out of a project to support the work of Professor Christof Heyns in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions when he was preparing a report for the UN General Assembly on the “Right to Life and Armed Drones”. The project commenced with an expert workshop organized by the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations.
The 2017 lecture is the third out of the past four ICLQ Annual Lectures to have been delivered by a member of the Oxford Law Faculty. Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart delivered the 2014 Lecture and Professor Sandra Fredman delivered the 2016 Lecture.