PCA Award: Chagos Marine Protected Area Arbitration (Mauritius v. United Kingdom)

The arbitration proceedings concerning the establishment of a marine protected area by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island around the Chagos Archipelago (April 2010) has concluded with an award in relation to Mauritius’ claim that the MPA declaration was incompatible with the United Kingdom’s UNCLOS obligations. The claims related to the status of the UK/Mauritius as the coastal state were dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Judge James Kateka and Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum issued a dissenting and concurrent opinion which touched upon this question, and the principles of decolonization and self-determination.

For an overview see the press release. For more information see the full Award of the Arbitral Tribunal, and the dissenting and concurrent opinion of Kateka and Wolfrum.

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