Dozens of cities, states and nations are enacting bans and restrictions on single-use plastic bags and other items. A legal expert explains how a global treaty could build on these efforts.
Interpol red notices play an important part in international policing. Here's how they work and how the system could be improved to safeguard human rights.
Under international law, a mother escaping domestic violence with her children to another country is seen as an abductor. She is often ordered to return the child leading to catastrophic consequences.
How pirates helped to shape international criminal law.
For decades, international law did not allow one country to attack another that was using chemical weapons on its own people without UN approval. That’s changed, which means trouble for Syria.
A potentially historic ruling on genocide by a tribunal in Cambodia on Friday could unsettle understandings of the past among Cambodians - and create a precedent in international law.
The success of the women's movement shows the importance of international solidarity.
Two decades ago, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London, putting human rights abuses in the limelight.
Kenya has a legal framework that protects its citizens from racism but there are challenges with its implementation
With the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to two leaders who fight against sexual violence as a tool of war, we looked into our archive to find stories about those efforts across the globe.
The UK is increasingly isolated in its claim to the Chagos Islands. If an international court finds in Mauritius's favour, the implications could be huge.
When it comes to preventing air strikes on civilians, the law of the arms trade is clear. Why is it so hard for countries to observe it?
The debate on autonomous weapons isn't paying enough attention to the technology already in use.
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.