In terms of what is achievable, any foreign policy approach that does not account for strategic and historical realities is likely to fail.
A carbon tax on airline tickets might sound like a tricky sell, but many airlines already collect a similar levy to raise funds for developing world health initiatives.
The urgent need to respond to ISIS has redefined the use of "self-defense" to include attacking a nonstate threat in another country. But what are the implications of this? change?
A UN committee has agreed with the science underpinning Falklands boundary claims, but without solving the sovereignty issue the dispute is no closer to a solution.
The next cancer breakthrough could be found in international waters – but who's in charge of the high seas?
International investors will have to comply with new rules designed to stop tax avoidance by multinational companies.
A UN panel has called on the UK and Swedish governments to ensure Julian Assange’s human rights are respected and to compensate him for his time in 'arbitrary' detention.
Settlements are illegal on occupied territory. They undermine the widely acknowledged right of Palestine to statehood. Yet Israel violates international law with near impunity.
The Paris Agreement recognizes the reality of global environmental pacts: the private sector must lead transition to low-carbon technology and civil society must keep up the pressure to act.
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.