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Centre for Law, Ethics and Globalisation Lecture: Event

5 November 2009
Nightingale Lecture Theatre, Building 67, University of Southampton

Event details

'The Chagos Islanders - Do they Exist?'

The lecture will include 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) [2008] UKHL 61'

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.

Richard Gifford has acted as the Chagos Islanders' solicitor and 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 expert in constitutional law. His careful and insightful work reveals the longer histories of anomaly and contradiction that underlie the judgements in this case.

The Centre for Law, Ethics and Globalisation, has organised this lecture in collaboration with 'The Indian Ocean: Narratives in Literature and Law' (an AHRC Landscape and Environment funded project, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, and the Literature Department, Open University).

Speaker information

Richard Gifford ,Clifford Chance,Solicitors LLP, Solicitors

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