Dapo Akande has been elected to the International Law Commission for a five-year term beginning on 1 January 2023 (until 31 December 2027). The mandate of the Commission is the codification and progressive development of international law.
The election took place, by secret ballot, at the 32nd meeting of the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session, held on 12 November 2021. The International Law Commission consists of thirty four members, each State Member of the United Nations can nominate up to four candidates, of whom two could be nationals of the nominating State and two nationals of other States. Dapo Akande was jointly nominated by the UK, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria and Slovenia, the first time a candidate had been nominated by states from four different UN regional groups.
Dapo 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.”
Members of the Commission are elected for five years and are eligible for re-election.
Members of Chambers wish to congratulate Dapo on this considerable achievement.