Oxford Brookes alumnus awarded international recognition by United Nations General Assembly
An Oxford Brookes alumnus has been recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent in the world, under forty years of age, by the United Nations General Assembly.
An Oxford Brookes alumnus has been recognised as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent in the world, under forty years of age, by the United Nations General Assembly. Adetokunbo (Toks) Hussain graduated from the Oxford Brookes School of Law in 2014. After leaving Brookes, Toks qualified as a barrister and specialised in public international law. He worked at the United Nations and then for Cherie Blair KC, CBE, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on international litigation and arbitration matters. Since July 2022, he has worked at the International Criminal Court in the Appeals Chamber.
Toks chose to study law at Oxford Brookes because of its standing as a respected institution with a distinguished law faculty. He enjoyed many stand-out moments including being twice elected as the Law Society President. As an ambassador for the School of Law he organised and supported activities that enriched the academic and social life of his fellow law students, such as career seminars, mooting competitions and various balls.
When asked about his recent recognition as one of the 100 most influential people in the world of African descent, Toks replied: “It wasn’t until I arrived at the United Nations in New York that the significance dawned on me. Being celebrated for my legal and human rights work was an honour and I relished the opportunity to meet other inspiring honourees and world leaders. More so, I was overwhelmed by the support and appreciation I received at Harvard Law School where I was invited to speak about my work and journey”.
When asked about his future career aspirations Toks added: “Who knows what the future holds! But I know the best is yet to come. At the moment I am focusing on my work in international criminal justice and remain committed to the fight against impunity and promotion of justice. Outside of work, I have just directed my first film - it’s a documentary about the contributions of black lawyers in the UK. Studying law at Oxford Brookes will always be a fond moment in my life. It provided me with an excellent foundation for what has been a great career! I also cherish the connections I formed even after graduation.”
Lucy Vickers, Head of Law at Oxford Brookes University commented: “I am delighted with Toks’ recognition by the UN General Assembly. Toks was an outstanding student whilst at Oxford Brookes School of Law, always very thoughtful and engaged. He had an impact on those around him both in class and beyond, so his role as an influential person was already in evidence when he was with us! We are very proud of his achievement.”
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