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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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

International Affairs

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

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Shaping the Law: Civil Society Influence at International Criminal Courts

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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

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

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UK Counterterrorism Legislation: Impact on Humanitarian, Peacebuilding and Development Action

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A Return to the Rule of Law in the South China Sea?

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What Would a British Bill of Rights Mean for the UK?

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Humanitarian Engagement with Non-State Armed Groups

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United Nations at 70: International Law and the Achievement of UN Aims

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Business and Human Rights: Bridging the Governance Gap

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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

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

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

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Kony's LRA: From Campaign to Policy

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Cyber Security and International Law

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Libya: Establishing the Rule of Law

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The changing fortunes of differential treatment in the evolution of international environmental law

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How to spot a growing military power

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International Support for Reparation Processes and the Palestinian Refugee Issue

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Implementing a Negotiated Settlement on the Palestinian Refugee Question: The International Dimensions

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The Political Outlook for Syria

The World Today

Human Rights: The Human Rights Council - 5 Years On

The World Today

Human Trafficking: The Wound that Shames our Present

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The new politics of protection? Cote d'Ivoire, Libya and the responsibility to protect

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Legal Responsibility of International Organisations in International Law

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An Area of Freedom, Security and Justice - Reviewing Extradition within the EU

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Transatlantic Dialogues in International Law: International Law and Human Rights

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Egypt and the Road Ahead: Era of Change?

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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Quest for Truth, Justice and Stability

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Academic Freedom and the Law

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The Kurdish Policy Imperative

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International Law and the United Nations: A New Era of US Engagement

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The Consequences of State Recognition or Non-Recognition in UK and International Law

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