Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Call for Papers

Call For Papers
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The Chagos Litigation: A Socio-Legal Dialogue

Monday 29th June 2015, School of Law, University of Greenwich
Queen Anne Building, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Keynote Speaker: Professor Philippe Sands QC

This one-day conference The Chagos Litigation: A Socio-Legal Dialogue will bring together academics and legal practitioners to explore the landmark significance of the Chagos litigation from a number of distinct and interconnected perspectives. The Chagos litigation refers to the cases brought by the former inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago and the Republic of Mauritius against the United Kingdom. The claim by Mauritius concerned the sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago and the legality of the Marine Protected Area. The Permanent Court of Arbitration has recently ruled that the creation of the Marine Protected Area was inconsistent with the United Kingdom’s international law obligations. The cases brought by the former inhabitants were concerned with inter alia the decision to remove and prevent their return to the Chagos Archipelago.  The conference aims to facilitate a dialogue that brings together academics and legal practitioners who are interested in the different aspects of the Chagos litigation and the wider issues that emanate from this litigation, in order to address these issues from a socio-legal perspective. The conference is hosted by the School of Law and the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Group at the University of Greenwich.

Th keynote speaker is Professor Philippe Sands QC. Professor Sands QC is a leading international lawyer, who is acting as counsel for Mauritius for the proceedings on Chagos and represented Mauritius before the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Conference Themes: Papers are welcome from those with an academic or professional interest in the issues raised by the Chagos litigation. Papers may be on any aspect of the Chagos litigation, including the constitutional and human rights implications, judicial decision-making, domestic administrative law, legal history, and international law. Papers may be on one particular aspect or alternatively may seek to address broader themes. The conference is free to attend for both presenters and delegates.

Instructions for Presenters: The deadline for the submission of abstracts will be 17th April 2015. Abstracts will need to be between 200-300 words in length. Presenters will have twenty minutes each excluding time for questions. Notice of acceptance will be made by 1st May 2015. Please submit abstracts to Chris Monaghan at It is anticipated that a selection of the papers delivered at the conference will be published as an edited collection. All papers presented at the conference are potentially eligible for inclusion in such a volume.

Further Information: Bookings for delegates will be opened in May 2015.  If you would like any further information please contact the conference organiser Chris Monaghan at   

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1 comment:

  1. This is just the liberal elite perpetuating the pernicious myth of so called UK colonialism.The unspoken truth is that Diego Garcia is what is the central issue.This USA naval,military and penal base is completely under USA control and not the hapless UK Government as portrayed by the equally hapless UN.Moreover,Mauritius,India or whoever aquires it are more than happy for it to continue as a military,penal and navy base as long as the price is right.This is intellectual propeganda at its very best.