Dapo Akande was questioned by the UK Parliament's Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the laws governing treaty-making, alongside other experts in international law.

This third session of the inquiry into how international agreements can be effectively scrutinised comes following fresh criticism that the Government is setting an “outrageous precedent” by “rushing scrutiny” of its free trade agreement with Australia, the first new trade deal since the UK left the EU.

MPs will explore the law of treaties and how it applies in different contexts, including questioning witnesses on the ‘doctrine of necessity’ which is being put forward by the Government to justify breaking treaty obligations contained in the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the legal status of Memorandums of Understanding, such as the asylum partnership reached with the Rwandan government.