A standard element of international humanitarian law since 1899 should guide countries as they consider banning lethal autonomous weapons systems.
The real question is not so much about how to classify Asgardia – a satellite purporting to be a state – but the idea of human settlements in space in the future.
The British home secretary has decided not to seek assurances from the US that it wouldn't use the death penalty for an IS duo arrested in Syria. This must be opposed.
Under the terms of the current treaty all commercial mining is forbidden, but rumblings of discontent are stirring beneath the ice.
Trump’s executive order to end family separations at the border is too little too late, a human rights expert writes. Indefinitely detaining immigrants is breaking the law.
The world needs to put urgent pressure on Israel – and make the case to save a community.
Countries have some flexibility in interpreting UN agreements on refugee rights. But Sessions' decision that abused women don't qualify for asylum in the US is an extraordinarily severe ruling.
As reports of crimes against humanity mount, Colombia's post-conflict justice system is still moving desperately slowly.
Fela Kuti's critically engaging lyrics, and his intense and methodical delivery, provide an important window to exposing students to critical understanding of the global system.
Laws around the world continue to fail victims of rape and sexual abuse. It is time this, too, changed.
The most morally monstrous actions might work as deterrents but be unacceptable morally even to the most casual conscience.
While the Syria strikes were clearly violating international law, using force to uphold the ban on chemical weapons is becoming acceptable in the international community.
The Interior Department is narrowing protection for migratory birds to cover only deliberate harm such as hunting, but not threats like development or pollution that kill millions of birds yearly.
The legal standards for military intervention are complicated and highly specific. It's not clear an attack on Syria would meet them.
More and more radical scholars and activists in the West are rejecting human rights. Is this right?
The international community should set bright line rules on appropriate responses to cyber attacks before an expansive reading of the “self-defense” clause triggers war.
Schools and students are often targeted during times of armed conflict. Abducted children can be recruited as soldiers and schools are ideal locations for military headquarters.
Despite its reputation, Russia has contributed much more to international law than it's sometimes given credit for.
A legal expert explains why Russia's accusations that the UK breached international law are unfounded.
The tale of the snow crab bears witness to the how the complexities of climate change and fights over fishing rights play out.