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New portrait unveiled in hall of Prof Dapo Akande

Last night, members of St Peter's gathered in the dining hall to witness the unveiling of a portrait of Prof Dapo Akande, the first black professor in the college's history.

The unveiling, which was performed by Prof Akande and the Master of St Peter's, Mark Damazer CBE, was preceded by a short speech by Catherine Goodman, the artist responsible for the portrait, who is currently Artistic Director of the Royal Drawing School

Prof Akande was Yamani Fellow and Tutor in Public International Law between 2004 and 2018. He is currently Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at the Blavatnik School of Government. Dapo has generalist interests in international law. He is one of the authors of Oppenheim's International Law: The United Nations (2017, OUP), which was awarded the 2019 Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law.

His portrait is the first major work in oil to be installed in the hall since the unveiling of two portraits in 2016 in honour of the Rt Revd Libby Lane, alumna of the college and first female bishop in the Church of England, and Prof Christine Greenhalgh, the first female tutorial fellow at St Peter's. It sits opposite a collection of photo portraits of notable BAME alumni unveiled earlier in 2019. 

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Unveiling of Dapo Akande portrait