The British government's position is that this was a legitimate act of self-defence in a war zone. But there are other issues to examine.
The UN has repeatedly failed to hold its personnel accountable for crimes committed in the field. But there are signs that could be changing at last.
The full text of the TPP trade deal is now public and offers some worrying lessons for how TTIP could turn out.
Acts perpetrated during the course of warfare have, through the ages, led to significant environmental destruction.
Amnesty International believes its evidence shows that Australia organised or directed the crew of an asylum seeker boat to commit the crime of people smuggling into Indonesia.
Aviation, which transformed travel and way of life in the 20th century, is being transformed in the 21st century and faces some difficult 21st-century problems.
The Dutch Safety Board's report into the loss of MH17 concludes, but the criminal investigation – which will take in far more evidence – awaits.
We have the courts, we have (some) evidence, but can we build a case? MH17 investigation could remain inconclusive.
A Dutch Safety Board report is crucial to the progress of the ongoing criminal investigation into downed flight MH17.
Attorney-General George Brandis told the ABC that Australia co-operates with the United Nations in relation to its human rights obligations. Is that right?
Beyond general expressions of “opposition” to capital punishment, Australia did not emphasise specific human rights principles in its lobbying of Indonesia to spare Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Offshore detention facilities exist precisely to allow Australia to do things abroad that it could not do at home.
The robust international laws meant to protect cultural heritage are worth little without real international action.
Australia's system of offshore immigration detention operates outside of any effective state jurisdiction.
In many regional countries there are civil society organisations attempting to fill the protection gap for refugees through service provision, advocacy, or both.
Australian air attacks against Islamic State targets in Syria would not be definitely legal but not definitely illegal.
The statute of limitations is expiring on some of the charges against the Wikileaks founder – but not all of them.
The UK is angry at Spain for chasing boats into its territory. Enough already.
Set up between the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, the Nuremburg Trials founded an entire legal system the world now takes for granted.
If we're going to mine asteroids, then we need an international treaty to prevent it becoming a wild west. Thankfully we can look to Antarctica to see how such a treaty might work.