Challenges and Prospects for the Chagos Archipelago

Laura Jeffery (Editor), Chris Monaghan (Editor), Mairi O'Gorman (Editor)

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Challenges and Prospects for the Chagos Archipelago considers the origins, challenges and future of Chagos, bringing together leading experts and academics specialising in differing aspects of the Chagos dispute.

In November 1965 the United Kingdom created the British Indian Ocean Territory out of the Chagos Islands, which it had ‘encouraged’ Mauritius, then a British colony, to give up in return for a promise of independence. The UK then set about removing the population of the Chagos Islands in order to allow the United States to construct a military base. As a consequence of the UK’s acquisition of the Chagos Islands and the expulsion of the Chagossian population, there has been wide ranging litigation brought by Mauritius and the Chagossians. This has reached the International Court of Justice, the United Nations General Assembly, the European Court of Human Rights and the UK Supreme Court. This book offers a wide-ranging debate between experts and practitioners, including those of Chagossian and Mauritian heritage, touching upon key developments and offering an inclusive approach that transcends traditional disciplinary silos. Issues such as international and constitutional law, human rights, colonialism and decolonisation, using creative writing to express the experience of banishment, international relations, environmentalism, and globalisation, will be explored as part of a dialogue that sheds new light on the Chagos dispute. Edited by experts on Chagos, the contributors are drawn from across the globe, and all have a distinctive take on what has happened, what it means for the world and the region, and how Chagos will both shape and be shaped by the future.

This book will be of great interest to students, academics and researchers from across the humanities and social sciences, including political science, international relations, law, sociology, socio-legal studies, human rights, social anthropology, indigenous rights, history, colonialism, postcolonialism, and cultural studies, as well as practitioners, policymakers and general readers who are interested in Chagos.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages294
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9781032486833
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Publication series

NameSmall State Studies
PublisherRoutledge

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  • Introduction

    Monaghan, C., Jeffery, L. & O'Gorman, M., 2024, (Accepted/In press) Challenges and Prospects for the Chagos Archipelago. Jeffery, L., Monaghan, C. & O'Gorman, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Routledge, (Small State Studies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Political and legal debates about Chagossian ethnicity and indigeneity

    Jeffery, L., 2024, (Accepted/In press) Challenges and Prospects for the Chagos Archipelago. Jeffery, L., Monaghan, C. & O'Gorman, M. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge, (Small State Studies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

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