Georgia Law Professor Amann presents at Temple Law workshop on Philippe Sands’ Chagos book, “Last Colony”

University of Georgia School of Law Professor Diane Marie Amann was one of about two dozen experts in international law and policy who participated Tuesday in a daylong writers’ workshop in Philadelphia, centered on a new book, The Last Colony: A Tale of Exile, Justice and Britain’s Colonial Legacy.

Last Colony charts the journey, through many national and international courtrooms, that led to the 2019 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on case related to colonization in the Indian Ocean region: Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965. The book appeared in the United Kingdom in 2022 and will be released in the United States later this year. Its author, University College London Law Professor Philippe Sands KC, counsel for Mauritius in the ICJ proceedings, was among those who took part in Tuesday’s event.

Workshop sponsors were the Institute for International Law & Public Policy and the Laura H. Carnell Chair at Temple University Beasley School of Law; the principal organizer was Temple Law Professor Jeffrey Dunoff, Laura R. Carnell Professor of Law. Papers are set to be published in a forthcoming issue of the Temple Journal of International & Comparative Law.

Amann is is Regents’ Professor of International Law and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, and a Faculty Co-Director of our Dean Rusk International Law Center here at Georgia Law. For Tuesday’s workshop, she prepared a paper entitled “What Figures Lurk on Madame’s Path? Reflections on Philippe Sands’ Last Colony.”

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