Dapo Akande informs major report on New Zealand Defence Force conduct in Afghanistan

The government of New Zealand has released the report of a major inquiry into the conduct of the New Zealand Defence Forces in Afghanistan and, in particular, actions carried out by the New Zealand SAS during Operation Burnham in 2010. Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law, was appointed as international law advisor for the inquiry and the report relies extensively on his written report and oral testimony delivered in 2019. Dapo's input contributed to the report's conclusions that the operations of the New Zealand SAS were conducted in accordance with international law.

The report is available to read online and has received media coverage from outlets including RNZ (New Zealand's public broadcaster), The Guardian and the New Zealand Herald. Responses to the report from the New Zealand government – including from the Prime Minister and the Chief of Defence Forces – have received further coverage.