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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Wrongful Convictions and Judicial Reform in China

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Conflict and Peace in Colombia

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

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The Problems of Being a Journalist in Russia

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

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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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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

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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

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?

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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

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

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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

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