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Chagossians demonstrate against the U.K. Government, London, Dec. 15, 2016 (Photo by Alberto Pezzali for Sipa via AP Images).

Will the U.K. Abide by the ICJ’s Ruling in the Chagos Islands Dispute?

Friday, March 8, 2019

The International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled last week that the United Kingdom must cede control over the Chagos Islands, an Indian Ocean archipelago that was separated from Mauritius several years before Mauritius gained independence in 1968. The 13-1 verdict, while nonbinding, was an embarrassing defeat for the U.K. and a victory for many Chagossians who have sought to return to their homeland since being expelled in the 1960s and 1970s to make way for a U.S. military base on the island of Diego Garcia. In an interview with WPR, Marko Milanovic, a professor of public international law at the University of Nottingham in the U.K., discusses the many questions the ICJ’s ruling raises.

World Politics Review: What prompted this case to be heard at the ICJ, and on what basis did the judges rule in Mauritius’ favor? ...

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