International Law, one of the prime human techniques to manage relations between politically-organized groups, has undergone a profound transformation in the past few decades, as a result of the information revolution, globalization, and the increased relevance of new non-state actors in international affairs.
Where does International Law fit in the emerging patterns of early 21st century world politics? In one sense this might seem an unnecessary question given the range of interlinked issues demanding the key functions – communication, negotiation and the representation of interests– traditionally associated with International Law. In short, the world has never required these assets more than it does now. Yet International Law, is experiencing an existential crisis, both as a set of processes for managing an increasingly complex policy environment, and as a set of structures through which these processes operate.
This uncertainty reflects a growing awareness that a transformational international system still dominated by sovereign states is having to respond to change at several interrelated levels. Whilst complex policy agendas still demand a central, if changing, role for the state, many of the norms, rules and roles associated with International Law as it has developed over the last few centuries are no longer fit for purpose.
Under this purview of international law, our key focus areas are
- Humanitarian Law;
- Human Rights Law;
- Public International Law;
- Refugee Law.