The Law of Nations looks at international law from a UK perspective.

Our broad coverage includes the latest decisions of the English courts applying the full range of international law, from the enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments to state and diplomatic immunity, extradition, and the availability of private law claims for violations of international law.

Away from the courts, we look at the ongoing debates about the UK’s foreign relations, its role as a centre for arbitration, its compliance with international law and human rights, its trade relations, and its role in the international legal order.

We examine the evolving legal framework in which the UK and its individuals and businesses operate, including environmental regulation and the increasing human rights obligations being applied to businesses.

Our lively podcast has covered everything from the intersection between arbitration and climate change to the future of UK trade relations and the qualities required of a good arbitrator.

We aim to combine sharp analysis with lively commentary, perspectives from abroad, and weekly news roundups. We welcome all comments and suggestions.


Alison Macdonald QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers, practising in public international law, international arbitration and criminal law. She regularly appears before both international and domestic courts and tribunals, acting for States, corporations and individuals, and is recognised by the leading directories for her work across international and domestic law.

Angeline Welsh specialises in international arbitration and public law. Her arbitration practice includes both commercial and investment treaty claims. She has acted as counsel on complex arbitrations conducted under a wide range of institutional rules, across sectors as diverse as energy, telecoms, construction and finance and in jurisdictions across the world. She is a co-chair of the IBA Arb 40 Subcommittee and contributed to the 24th Edition of Russell on Arbitration, the leading textbook on arbitration in English law.