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

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Adaptive peacebuilding

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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

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Pragmatic peace in emerging governscapes

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

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Introduction: Peacebuilding in an era of pragmatism

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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The end of liberal international order?

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After liberal world order

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Concrete approaches to peace: infrastructure as peacebuilding

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

International Affairs

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

International Affairs

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

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The end of liberal international order?

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After liberal world order

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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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'Unsharing' sovereignty: g7+ and the politics of international statebuilding

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Perspectives on the emerging role of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The Muna camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria, for people displaced due to raiding by the Boko Haram Islamist extremist group. Photo: Kyodo News/Contributor/Getty Images.
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Recommendations for Reducing Tensions in the Interplay Between Sanctions, Counterterrorism Measures and Humanitarian Action

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The changing borders and borderlands of Syria in a time of conflict

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Turkey’s post-2011 approach to its Syrian border and its implications for domestic politics

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Contesting borders? The formation of Iraqi Kurdistan’s de facto state

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Border management in an era of ‘statebuilding lite’: security assistance and Lebanon’s hybrid sovereignty

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Approaching borders and frontiers in North Africa

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