Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Colette Bowe room, Queen’s Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
The Centre for Small States (CSS) at Queen Mary University of London hosts a special conference in early November 2015 to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the British Indian Ocean Territory.
The British Indian Ocean Territory was created on 8 November 1965 by excising the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius and three atolls from the Seychelles. The partitioning of Mauritius on the eve of independence; the involuntary displacement of the Chagos Islanders (pursuant to the construction of a US naval facility on Diego Garcia); and their subsequent chronic impoverishment in Mauritius has remained highly controversial. The marking of fifty years since the BIOT was constituted provides legal scholars and practitioners with a timely opportunity to reflect upon a range of legal issues which continue to affect the BIOT and to evaluate ways in which they might be resolved.
Conference Organiser: Dr Stephen Allen (QMUL) - firstname.lastname@example.org.
10.15am: Welcome and Introduction
10:30am-12pm – Panel 1: BIOT and UK law
Chair: Prof Tom Poole (LSE)
Dr Stuart Lakin (Reading): ‘Bancoult and the Contentious Nature of the British Constitution’.
Prof Adam Tomkins (Glasgow): ‘Fairness, Openness and Purpose in the Chagos Story’.
Mr Stephen Kosmin (Barrister, 39 Essex Street Chambers): ‘Inviolable or inadmissible: treaty interpretation in the British Courts’.
1-2:45pm – Panel 2: BIOT and Human Rights
Chair: Prof Malgosia Fitzmaurice (QMUL)
3:15-4:45pm – Panel 3: Sovereignty and Future Prospects
Chair: Ms Jill Barrett (BIICL)
This event is by invitation only.
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