Our work considers developments in the content of international human rights standards as well as challenges in ensuring compliance with these principles.

The 'China and the International Human Rights System' project examines China’s engagement in the UN human rights system and fosters discussions between Chinese and non-Chinese academics on the manner in which international law seeks to protect individuals.

Closer to home, calls for the UK to change its relationship with the 'European Court of Human Rights' have highlighted the impact which its judgments have had in improving the human rights record of European states; issues remain about the need to balance sovereignty and collective enforcement?

Our 'Human Rights and Armed Conflict' project looks at the rapidly evolving landscape for human rights in conflict situations, including in the context of counter-terrorism operations. In our 'Business and Human Rights' work, we seek to clarify the extent to which the UN Guiding Principles have left unanswered a number of fundamental questions about state obligations and corporate responsibility in relation to human rights standards. How does this affect implementation of the principles and the prospects for a call by some states for a treaty in this area?

Our 'Statelessness' work considers how existing tools in both international human rights law and the two UN statelessness conventions can provide the basis for concerted action in addressing the plight of individuals who have no nationality. How can statelessness be ‘mainstreamed’ not just in the human rights context but in other key sectors, such as development and conflict prevention?

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