Born in Nigeria, Dapo Akande, a professor of public international law at Oxford University, was elected to the International Law Commission (ILC).
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) announced the development on Friday.
Akande was named UK and Nigerian nominees for the commission.
His appointment made him the first ever candidate to be selected in a joint nomination by the UK and Nigeria.
His appointment was also supported by Japan, Kenya and Slovenia.
The UK government had described his appointment as a demonstration of the “shared belief of the UK and Nigeria that it will bring those high standards to the ILC”.
Akande will serve as a member of the ILC for a five-year term.
Raised in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, Akande studied law at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun state.
He is a world-renowned public international law expert with over 25 years of legal experience.
He began his legal career as a research assistant to Bola Ajibola, a former Attorney General of Nigeria, and has also worked as a consultant in international litigation before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) , World Trade Organization (WTO), International Criminal Court (ICC) and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Akande has also worked as a consultant for several international organizations, including the ICC, the UN, the African Union (AU), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Food Organization and the agriculture (FAO) and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The International Law Commission was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1947 to assume the mandate of the assembly, initiate studies and formulate recommendations with the aim of encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification.
Source: – The cable