2022 SAIL


Prof. Dapo Akande

Professor, University of Oxford

Dapo Akande is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford and a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, London. From January 2023, he will be a Member of the United Nations International Law Commission. Professor Akande has held visiting professorships in the US, Europe and Australia, including at Yale Law School. He is a generalist international lawyer who has worked across many areas, including the law of international organizations, the law of armed conflict, international criminal law, the law relating to cyber operations, international dispute settlement. He is one of the authors of the Oppenheim’s International Law: The United Nations (2017, OUP) which was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law, and an editor of the Oxford Guide to International Humanitarian Law (2020). Professor Akande is one of the editors of the scholarly blog – EJIL:Talk! and has served on the editorial boards of several leading international law journals including the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law and the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. He has acted as advocate, counsel or adviser in cases before international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court and the World Trade Organization panels. He has also acted as a consultant/advisor in cases in national courts, including the UK Supreme Court. Professor Akande regularly provides advice on international law issues to states, international organizations and civil society organizations. He sits on several boards and advisory committees for governments and scholarly societies including the Advisory Committee on International Law of the United States State Department, the UK Ministry of Defence AI Ethics Advisory Panel, the ICRC’s Global Advisory Board on Digital Threats During Conflict and the Rhodes Trust.

Settlement of International Disputes and International Criminal Law

These lectures will examine two different topics: (i) the methods by which states can resolve their disputes peacefully, and (ii) international criminal law.

The first two lectures will examine diplomatic methods of dispute settlement as well as adjudication. The lectures will provide an overview of diplomatic methods of dispute settlement but there will be a particular focus on adjudication and on the law and procedure of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The lectures will cover: (a) the distinction between diplomatic methods of dispute settlement and adjudication; (b) the jurisdiction of the ICJ to hear and determine contentious cases; (c) the rules regarding admissibility of claims at the ICJ; (d) provisional measures at the ICJ; (e) intervention by third states in cases at the Court; and (f) an examination of the advisory jurisdiction of the Court.

The third lecture will consider International Criminal Law. The lecture will comprise a historical introduction to international criminal law, providing an overview of the relevant international tribunals established to prosecute international crimes and of the jurisdiction of domestic courts to prosecute such crimes. The lecture will then examine the definitions of the core international crimes and focus on the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.