Diego Garcia: British-American legal black hole in the Indian Ocean (P.H. Sand)

Author

Peter H Sand

Keywords

Chagos Islands; climate change; environmental protection; human rights; international environmental law; pollution; state responsibility; Great Britain (BIOT); United States.

Abstract

Reflects on how the use of a legal “black hole” strategy by the UK and US Governments has permitted them to avoid accountability for environmental risks arising from US military activity on Diego Garcia. Reviews the arguments used to support the view that international environmental laws do not apply there in relation to damages arising from coral mining, nuclearisation and fuel spills, and notes their extension to human rights issues. Criticises the strategy and examines the potential impact of climate change on the island, including the implications for future resettlement.

Citation

(2009) 21(1) Journal of Environmental Law, 113-137.

Paper

Diego Garcia: British-American legal black hole in the Indian Ocean

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