Politics and the law has a huge influence on society’s ability to tackle fundamental issues of fairness, justice and equality.

Compliance with international law can strengthen cooperation on transnational issues, prevents conflict and supports human rights, while also addressing new global challenges such as the governance of cyber operations and China’s place in the international world.

The role of civil society and its engagement with political structures and leadership is also changing as new influencers of policy emerge, with the empowerment of young people and women and the impact of social media providing a challenge to more established political traditions and structures.