Human rights and security

Research examines contemporary human rights issues, law, and responsibility for violations, such as sexual violence in conflict.

Our work analyzes developments in international human rights standards as well as challenges in ensuring compliance with these principles.

Chatham House research into contemporary issues in international human rights law examines China’s engagement in the UN human rights system, the European Court of Human Rights and its impact on improving human rights records of European states, and considers how to balance sovereignty and collective enforcement.

Human rights in armed conflict is another key focus, including the context of counter-terrorism operations, as is the examination of UN Guiding Principles in relation to fundamental questions about state obligations and corporate responsibility.

Our ‘statelessness’ work considers how existing tools in both international human rights law and the two UN statelessness conventions can provide the basis for concerted action in addressing the plight of individuals who have no nationality.