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Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory: Legal Perspectives

Edited by: Stephen Allen, Chris Monaghan

ISBN13: 9783319785400
Published: June 2018
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99

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This book offers a detailed account of the legal issues concerning the British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Islands) by leading experts in the field. It examines the broader significance of the ongoing Bancoult litigation in the UK Courts, the Chagos Islanders' petition to the European Court of Human Rights and Mauritius' successful challenge, under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, to the UK government's creation of a Marine Protected Area around the Chagos Archipelago.

This book, produced in response to the 50th anniversary of the BIOT's founding, also assesses the impact of the decisions taken in respect of the Territory against a wider background of decolonization while addressing important questions about the lawfulness of maintaining Overseas Territories in the post-colonial era.

Public International Law
Contents: Stephen Allen and Chris Monaghan, Introduction
Stuart Lakin, Justifying Bancoult (No 2): Why Justice Hercules Must Sometimes Disappoint Us
Adam Tomkins, Environmental protection v the right of abode: a case-study in the misuse of power
Richard Gifford, How Public Law has not been able to provide the Chagossians with a Remedy
T.T. Arvind, The subject as a Civic Ghost: Law, Dominion, and Empire in the Chagos litigation
Chris Monaghan, An imperfect legacy: the significance of the Bancoult litigation on the development of domestic constitutional jurisprudence
C.R.G. Murray and Tom Frost, The Chagossians' Struggle and the Last Bastions of Imperial Constitutionalism
Ralph Wilde, `Anachronistic as colonial remnants may be...' Locating the rights of the Chagos Islanders as a case study of the operation of human rights law in colonial territories
Thomas D. Grant, The Once and Future King: Sovereignty over Territory and the Annex VII Tribunal's Award in Mauritius v. United Kingdom
Stephen Allen, The Operation of Estoppel in International Law and the Function of the Lancaster House Undertakings in the Chagos Arbitration Award
David M. Ong, Implications of the Chagos Marine Protected Area Arbitral Tribunal Award for the Balance between Natural Environmental Protection and Traditional Maritime Freedoms
Sue Farran, Learning from Chagos, Lessons for Pitcairn?
Amy Schwebel, `International law and Indigenous Peoples' Rights: What Next for the Chagossians?
David Snoxell, The Politics of Chagos: Part played by Parliament and the Courts towards resolving the Chagos Tragedy.