A policy of ‘quiet disregard': the Chagos Islands, islanders and international law

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This article critically analyses the legal history of the Chagos Archipelago and its inhabitants. This is a story of multiple domestic and international courts, from the domestic jurisdiction of the United Kingdom to the Advisory Opinion recently adopted by the International Court of Justice. This article discusses the main judicial decisions adopted since the detachment of the archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 to the ruling of the International Court of Justice in 2019.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-124
Number of pages18
JournalRevista do Instituto Brasileiro de Direitos Humanos
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2019


  • self-determination, Chagos Archipelago, Chagossians, International Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights, UNCLOS