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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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

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Accountability: International Crimes in Syria and Iraq

A Filipino fisherman operates around Scarborough Shoal, South China Sea, near a Chinese coast guard ship on 13 December 2016. Photo: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images.
Chatham House Briefing

China’s Evolving Approach to International Dispute Settlement

International Affairs

Nepal’s comprehensive peace agreement: human rights, compliance and impunity a decade on

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Review article: Seeing the future: power, prediction and organization in an age of uncertainty

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Review article: Rivalry and cooperation in the Arctic: contending perspectives

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Changing Public Perceptions of Refugees and Migrants: the Role of Politicians, the Media and Civil Society

An Iraqi refugee boy, who fled the city of Mosul because of fighting between government forces and ISIS, at the UN-run al-Hol refugee camp in Syria’s Hasakeh governorate on 5 December 2016. Photo: Delis Souleiman/Getty Images.
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Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The UK Regulatory Environment

Internally displaced Pakistani children whose families fled a military operation against Taliban militants in the North Waziristan tribal agency queue for food near a camp for IDPs in Bannu, 6 September 2014. Photo: KARIM ULLAH/AFP/Getty Images.
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Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The International Legal Framework

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

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Practitioners’ Guide to Human Rights in Armed Conflict

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Narendra Modi and India’s normative power

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The rise of India: UK perspectives

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India’s role in global governance: a Modi-fication?

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Forum on Refugee and Migration Policy

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China and the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes

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

Members of the Iraqi police forces stand next to their vehicle in front of damaged buildings in Fallujah on 28 June 2016. Photo: HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images.
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Promoting Compliance with International Humanitarian Law

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City networks: breaking gridlocks or forging (new) lock-ins?

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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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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

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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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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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The end of liberal international order?

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After liberal world order

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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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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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States, boundaries and sovereignty in the Middle East: unsteady but unchanging

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