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Below are the current areas of research at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
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Partnering with technology hubs to explore the legal challenges posed by the introduction of AI and its impact on national and international regulatory environments.
Comparative and international law perspectives in the international arbitration field, facilitating the high-level debate of practitioners, academics and policy-makers from around the world.
Influential research on the law and practice around human rights due diligence and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
Research on climate change legislation and litigation, sustainable consumption issues, human rights due diligence for climate change impacts, and global environmental law.
Comprehensive research and discussion output on collective redress across Europe, emphasising cross-national comparisons, underlining issues of commonality and difference.
Research into legal systems around the world using comparative methods to highlight similarities and differences which can provide development opportunities.
High-level analysis and debate of current and proposed competition regulations and the practical application of antitrust policy and other anticompetitive regulations.
Debates on the role of international courts and tribunals in providing accountability for violations of international law, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Analysis of the current developments, including international legal obligations, domestic legal responses, and legal liabilities arising from the introduction of emergency products.
Legal and policy research on cultural heritage, including its protection in conflict, issues surrounding the restitution of objects from museums, and access to cultural heritage as a human right.
Extensive programme of activities on European law topics, including advancing the Rule of Law, protection of human rights, perspectives on Brexit, and trade agreements.
Research and training on international human rights law and international humanitarian law, such as on the right to education or the protection of journalists in conflicts.
Analysis of the frameworks for international litigation, cross-border jurisdiction and enforcement and potential conflicts including legal consequences of Brexit.
Research and debate on the key issues of international trade and investment law, international investment agreements, and investor-state dispute resolution (ISDS).
Research on core issues concerning the law of the sea and maritime dispute resolution, including sovereignty disputes and the obligations of states in relation to undelimited maritime areas.
Law making in the international migration field, access to asylum, the role of private vessels in the rescue of migrants at sea, migrant integration and determinants of anti-trafficking efforts globally.
Analysis of the multiple international law challenges that the Russian invasion of Ukraine poses, including state responsibility, displaced persons, cultural heritage, business & human rights and laws of war.