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Responsibility And Redress: The Chagossian Litigationin The English Courts

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This chapter examines the legal challenges brought against the UK government in the English courts to establish legal responsibility and redress for the expulsion and/or exclusion of the Chagossian people from the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT ) to Mauritius and the Seychelles. In particular, it investigates the public law proceedings - the Bancoult litigation - which challenged the validity of the legislation denying the Chagossians right of abode in the outer Chagos islands. The chapter also discusses attempts made to secure compensation for a number of private law wrongs perpetrated by the UK government in connection with the process of exiling Chagossian people. The Chagossian litigation invites normative analysis from a number of different legal perspectives, not least that of public international law. The current chapter has a narrower, technical aim of analysing the legal issues in the above-mentioned cases and considering their legal ramifications for Chagossians and for English law in general.

Keywords: British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT ); Chagossian Litigation; English Courts; mauritius; seychelles; UK government

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