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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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

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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Pursuing Atrocity Accountability in Syria

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The Budapest Memorandum and Russia’s intervention in Ukraine

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The false promise of continental concert: Russia, the West and the necessary balance of power

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The death of Europe? Continental fates after Ukraine

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Heading west? Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic path

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Review article: 'The tyranny of experts' and the denial of inconvenient truths

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A chronic protection problem: the DPRK and the Responsibility to Protect

The International Criminal Court in The Hague. Photo by Vincent van Zeijst, CC by 3.0.
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The ICC at a Crossroads: The Challenges of Kenya, Darfur, Libya and Islamic State

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Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees at the Intersection of IHL and Refugee Law

Sexual Violence in Conflict: What Use is the Law?
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Sexual Violence in Conflict: What Use is the Law?

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The Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court: counteracting the crisis

An employee walks past dome structures used as nap rooms in the Baidu headquarters in Beijing on 12 November 2014. Photo via Getty Images.
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China’s Cyber Diplomacy: A Taste of Law to Come?

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Milestones in International Criminal Justice: The ICC and Palestine

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Challenges to the Independence of the International Judiciary

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The unravelling of the post-First World War state system? The Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the transformation of the Middle East

The World Today

The cyber menace

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Arming the information highway patrol

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Establishing the first line of defence

China and the International Human Rights System
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China and the International Human Rights System

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The UN Arms Trade Treaty: arms export controls, the human security agenda and the lessons of history

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Review article: The effectiveness of UN and EU sanctions: lessons for the twenty-first century

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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

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Human Rights: The Human Rights Council - 5 Years On

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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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