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Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory

Legal Perspectives

  • Stephen Allen
  • Chris Monaghan
  • Explores a range of legal issues that touch on the British Indian Ocean Territory

  • Explores the relationship between environmental considerations and human rights issues

  • Considers the impact on indigenous cultures


Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Stephen Allen, Chris Monaghan
    Pages 1-7

About this book


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.
The chapter ‘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 is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via


Chagos Islands Chagos Archipelago UK administration British Constitution Chagos litigation Bancoult litigation Colonial Territories Mauritius British Overseas Territories Decolonization

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Allen
    • 1
  • Chris Monaghan
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Law, Institute of HumanitiesUniversity of WorcesterWorcesterUnited Kingdom

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