First Chagos, Then Cyprus? Cyprus Gains Legal Tool in ICJ Ruling on Chagos Islands

5 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2019

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Constantinos Yiallourides

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL); Macquarie University - Macquarie Law School (Sydney, Australia)

Date Written: March 12, 2019

Abstract

The UK has been told by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to end its administration of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and relinquish them back to Mauritius as soon as possible. The ICJ advisory opinion was based on the fact that the colony of Mauritius agreed to the excision of the Chagos Islands from its territory when it was under the authority of the UK. Similarly, when the colony of Cyprus attained independence from the British rule in 1960, the Treaty it signed with Britain established two large British sovereign bases on the island, which remain to this day, occupying nearly three per cent of the island. That agreement could also now be challenged on the basis that, like Chagos detachment agreement, it was signed under conditions which were far removed from what could be considered as an ‘exercise in free will’ of the people of Cyprus.

Keywords: Chagos; ICJ Advisory Opinion; Mauritius; Cyprus; Self-Determination; Decolonisation; Sovereign Base Areas

Suggested Citation

Yiallourides, Constantinos, First Chagos, Then Cyprus? Cyprus Gains Legal Tool in ICJ Ruling on Chagos Islands (March 12, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3351969 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3351969

Constantinos Yiallourides (Contact Author)

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Macquarie University - Macquarie Law School (Sydney, Australia) ( email )

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Australia

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