Dapo Akande


Dapo Akande is one of the editors of EJIL:Talk! He is Chichele Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law & Armed Conflict. Dapo is a member of the United Nations International Law Commission and a barrister at Essex Court Chambers.

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Happy New Year, Happy 15th Birthday EJIL:Talk! and our Most Read Posts of 2023

Happy New Year to all our readers! With so much conflict and suffering in many parts of the year, let us hope that 2024 brings peace and comfort to the huge numbers in need of them. The turmoil the world is in is reflected in what was read on the blog in 2023. Below is a…

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Response to the Letter to the Editors Regarding the Publication of a Symposium based on Papers Presented at an IDF Conference

We are grateful for this letter. It raises important and difficult issues. These are issues that must be identified, aired, discussed, specified and further discussed. This letter has spurred such a process. The symposium that the letter objects to focused on the question of the identification of custom in international humanitarian law. It consisted…

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Changes in Treaty Interpretation: The ICRC’s Updated Commentaries to the Geneva Conventions

Last Saturday (12 August) marked the 74th anniversary of the adoption of the 1949 Geneva Conventions on the protections to be accorded to victims of armed conflict. With 196 states parties, the four Geneva Conventions are (together with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) the most widely ratified of all treaties, with more…

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