2020 SAIL


Prof. Dapo Akande

Professor, University of Oxford

Dapo Akande is a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford where he is also Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC). He has held visiting professorships at Yale Law School, the University of Miami School of Law, the University of Vienna and Catolica Global Law School, Lisbon, Portugal.  He was the 2015 Sir Ninian Stephen Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law. Dapo is one of the authors of the Oppenheim International Law: The United Nations (2017, OUP) and one of the editors of the Practitioners’ Guide to the Application of Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict (2016, OUP). He was a member of the International Group of Experts that prepared the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations (2017, CUP). He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute’s project on the Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Professor Akande is (or has recently been) a member of the Editorial or Advisory Boards of several journals and including the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law; and the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. 

He is a Trustee on the board of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and was a Counsellor of the American Society of International Law. He is founding editor of the scholarly blog: EJIL:Talk! the blog of the European Journal of International Law. He has worked as counsel or adviser in several cases before different international tribunals and national courts. He has also worked as consultant, expert or adviser on various international law issues to international organizations, states and non-governmental organizations.

Peaceful Settlement of Disputes and the Regulation of the Use of Force in International Law

This lecture will examine two different topics: (i) the methods by which states can resolve their disputes peacefully, and (ii) the rules of international law which regulate the use of force by states. The first half will examine the diplomatic methods of dispute settlement as well as adjudication. There will be a particular focus on the law and procedure of the International Court of Justice. The lecture will provide an overview of: the jurisdiction of the Court to hear and determine contentious cases; admissibility of claims; requests  for provisional measures; intervention by third states; as well as an examination of the advisory jurisdiction of the Court.

The second half will consider the rules in the United Nations Charter and in customary international law dealing with the use of force by states. We will examine the scope and significance of the prohibition of the use of force; the law relating to self-defence; other claimed exceptions to the prohibition of the use of force, especially the doctrine of humanitarian intervention. The lecture will also give brief attention to the collective security scheme established under the United Nations Charter.