International Law and Governance

Research on international law includes projects on human rights law and armed conflict, China and the international human rights system and corporate responsibility for human rights violations.

Work in this area explores the role of international law in preventing conflict and regulating its conduct, delivering international criminal justice, and responding to the needs of refugees, stateless and others displaced across borders.

A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the International Law Programme and its projects.

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A boat carrying migrants approaches shore after making the crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos in November 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Migration Deals Risk Undermining Global Refugee Protection

Indonesian PM Joko Widodo. Photo: Getty Images.
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Recommitting to International Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Indonesia

A staff member at the UK National Cyber Security Centre in London. Photo: Getty Images.
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Offensive Cyberattacks Would Need to Balance Lawful Deterrence and the Risks of Escalation

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Strategic Litigation for Social Justice: Lessons Learned

International Affairs

Pragmatic peace in emerging governscapes

International Affairs

Preventing violent extremism through the United Nations: the rise and fall of a good idea

International Affairs

Introduction: Peacebuilding in an era of pragmatism

International Affairs

Adaptive peacebuilding

International Affairs

Counter-insurgency in the Somali territories: the 'grey' zone between peace and pacification

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The HIPPO in the room: the pragmatic push-back from the UN peace bureaucracy against the militarization of UN peacekeeping

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Conflict prevention as pragmatic response to a twofold crisis: liberal interventionism and Burundi

A refugee from South Sudan has their biometrics registered at a refugee camp in Uganda. Photo: Getty Images.
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Beware the Notion That Better Data Lead to Better Outcomes for Refugees and Migrants

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Concrete approaches to peace: infrastructure as peacebuilding

A Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Photo: Getty Images.
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The Global Compact on Refugees Offers an Opportunity to Revive Responsibility Sharing

Destroyed buildings in eastern Ghouta. Photo: Getty Images.
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The UK Needs to Speak With One Voice to Prevent Mass Atrocities

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Preventing Another World War

A policeman in Manila investigates the scene where the body of an alleged drug user lies after being killed by unidentified assailants on 8 December 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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In Examining the Philippines’ Drug War, the ICC Takes a Positive but Challenging Step

Cyril Ramaphosa in Davos on 24 January. Photo: Getty Images.
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Ramaphosa Can Renew South African Leadership by Recommitting to the ICC

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Liberal internationalism: historical trajectory and current prospects

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US–China relations and the liberal world order: contending elites, colliding visions?

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A boat carrying migrants approaches shore after making the crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos in November 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Migration Deals Risk Undermining Global Refugee Protection

Indonesian PM Joko Widodo. Photo: Getty Images.
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Recommitting to International Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Indonesia

A staff member at the UK National Cyber Security Centre in London. Photo: Getty Images.
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Offensive Cyberattacks Would Need to Balance Lawful Deterrence and the Risks of Escalation

A refugee from South Sudan has their biometrics registered at a refugee camp in Uganda. Photo: Getty Images.
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Beware the Notion That Better Data Lead to Better Outcomes for Refugees and Migrants

A Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Photo: Getty Images.
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The Global Compact on Refugees Offers an Opportunity to Revive Responsibility Sharing

Destroyed buildings in eastern Ghouta. Photo: Getty Images.
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The UK Needs to Speak With One Voice to Prevent Mass Atrocities

A policeman in Manila investigates the scene where the body of an alleged drug user lies after being killed by unidentified assailants on 8 December 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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In Examining the Philippines’ Drug War, the ICC Takes a Positive but Challenging Step

Cyril Ramaphosa in Davos on 24 January. Photo: Getty Images.
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Ramaphosa Can Renew South African Leadership by Recommitting to the ICC

Children of displaced families peer out of the window of a former government building in Ibb, Yemen. Photo: Getty Images.
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Focus on Refugees Risks Neglecting the Internally Displaced

7 April: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley at a Security Council meeting on Syria. Photo: Getty Images.
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US Missile Strikes Expose the Untenable Status Quo in International Law

Displaced Iraqi families receive food from the World Food Programme. Photo by Getty Images.
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Trump Era Casts New Shadow Over Refugees

Xi Jinping visits the Olympic Museum in Lausanne following his speech at Davos. Photo by Getty Images.
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Trumpian Isolationism Could Help China Become a Leader in International Law

A Yemeni inspects the rubble of a destroyed funeral hall building. Photo by Getty Images.
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States Must Make Sure Cooperation Does Not Become Complicity

A poster showing a map of China, including Taiwan and the South China Sea, appeared in Weifang on 14 July 2016. Photo via Getty Images.
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South China Sea Decision Is ‘Legal Shock Therapy’ for Beijing

A member of the Philippines military stands on the beach at Thitu island, one of the disputed Spratly Islands. Photo by Getty Images.
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Will There Now Be Peace in the South China Sea?

Hundreds of used life vests lie in the hills above the town of Mithymna in Lesbos. Photo by Getty Images.
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EU−Turkey Refugee Deal Is Vulnerable to Legal Challenge

David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street on 26 November 2015, bound for the Houses of Parliament where he made a statement to back joining international action against ISIS. Photo by Getty Images.
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Assessing the Legal Basis for UK Military Action in Syria

Muizz Street in Cairo. Photo by Getty Images.
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Europe Needs to Take a Holistic Approach to Tackling ISIS

DigitalGlobe high-resolution imagery of the Subi Reef in the South China Sea. Photo via Getty Images.
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A Return to the Rule of Law in the South China Sea?

A US Reaper drone comes in for a touch and go landing during a training programme for pilots. Photo: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.
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UK Drone Strike on ISIS Raises Legal Questions

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International Affairs

The sources of China’s assertiveness: the system, domestic politics or leadership preferences?

International Affairs

China and its neighbourhood: transformation, challenges and grand strategy

International Affairs

Cooperation, competition and shaping the outlook: the United States and China’s neighbourhood diplomacy

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Between assertiveness and self-restraint: understanding China’s South China Sea policy

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Afghanistan and China’s new neighbourhood diplomacy

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China’s ambition in the South China Sea: is a legitimate maritime order possible?

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The elusive EU–China strategic partnership

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Review article: Averting US–China conflict in the Asia–Pacific

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Review article: Three perspectives on Chinese diplomacy: government, think-tanks and academia

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China and liberal hierarchies in global international society: power and negotiation for normative change

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When less was more: external assistance and the political settlement in Somaliland

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Martin Wight Memorial Lecture: Powers of a kind: the anomalous position of France and the United Kingdom in world politics

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From Ostpolitik to ‘frostpolitik’? Merkel, Putin and German foreign policy towards Russia

A rebel fighter searches Syrian Arab Red Crescent members before they are sent to deliver food aid to Aleppo Central Prison, 11 May 2014. Photo: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters/Corbis.
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Towards a Principled Approach to Engagement with Non-state Armed Groups for Humanitarian Purposes

World leaders including Angela Merkel and Barack Obama
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Return to reason: reviving political realism in western foreign policy

International Affairs

Europe, the rise of Asia and the future of the transatlantic relationship

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Israel’s two states debate

The Royal Courts of Justice. Photo Credit: Jonathan McManus/Getty Images
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Foreign Affairs in National Courts: The Role of the Executive Certificate

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China’s strategic partnership with Latin America: a fulcrum in China’s rise

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German-Israeli ties in 2015 and 1965: the difficult special relationship

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