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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China's Perspectives on the South China Sea Verdict

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Chatham House Primer: Brexit

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South China Sea: The Result of the Arbitration

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

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Will There Now Be Peace in the South China Sea?

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The South China Sea Arbitration: A Turning Point for China's Regional Policy?

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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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China’s ‘new type of Great Power relations’: a G2 with Chinese characteristics?

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

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

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

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China and its neighbourhood: transformation, challenges and grand strategy

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

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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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The South China Sea Disputes: Current Status, Challenges and Prospects

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Towards Warsaw and Beyond

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Transforming Ukraine: The Importance of Good Governance

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