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The Chagos Islanders- do they exist? Event

Richard Gifford (Center)
5 November 2009
Nightingale Lecture Theatre, Nightingale Building (building number 67), Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Humanities and Law at the University of Southampton on ++44 (0)23 8059 3841 .

Event details

Part of the Indian Ocean Events series

A public lecture by Richard Gifford, (Lawyer, Clifford Chance LLP)

A consideration of the legal, political and moral ramifications of R (on the application of Bancoult) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Appellant).

As one of the most controversial and potentially far-reaching House of Lords rulings of recent years, the judgments handed down in October 2008 on this case are setting many constitutional and human rights agendas in both academic and practicing legal circles.

Tireless, passionate, brave and persistent, Richard Gifford continues to be much more than the Chagos Islanders’ advising solicitor as he works towards a hearing of their case in the European Court of Human Rights.

A response by Dr Mark Elliott (University of Cambridge) will follow the lecture and open up discussion.

Dr Elliott is an esteemed academic of constitutional law, whose careful and insightful work reveals the legal and constitutional flaws in the Law Lords' ruling.

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