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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: JEFFERY, L. (2019), The International Court of Justice: Advisory Opinion on the Chagos Archipelago. Anthropology Today, 35: 24-27. doi:10.1111/1467-8322.12508, which has been published in final form at https://rai.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-8322.12508. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
JournalAnthropology Today
Issue number3
Early online date2 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


On 25 February 2019, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its advisory opinion on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965. The ICJ Advisory Opinion found that the process of decolonization of Mauritius had not been lawfully completed and that the UK is obliged to end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago. This article considers the implications of the ICJ Advisory Opinion for self‐determination, Mauritian decolonization, the Chagos Marine Protected Area, the US military base on Diego Garcia and Chagossian resettlement.

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