ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius

The judgment of the International Court of Justice in the matter of the legal impact of the separation of the Chagos archipelago from Mauritius is examined. Despite its limitations, this judgment, in the current global atmosphere of protectionism, hyper-nationalism, and fast-diminishing faith in international institutions, has some positive highlights.

The advisory opinion (hereinafter referred as judgment) rendered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) inLegal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 has been hailed by many observers as a significant event in the discourse on decolonisation. Not only is it seen as a progressive opinion which reaffirms the right to self-determination, but it also throws light upon the changing political structures in the international legal order. In addition to its legal significance, the judgment also exposes the remnants of colonialism and imperialism that persists. This bolsters the assertion that while

colonialism has largely ended ... imperialism ... lingers where it has always been, in a kind of general cultural sphere as well as in specific political, ideological, economic, and social practices. (Said 1993: 8)

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Updated On : 17th Jun, 2019
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