Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcements include:

  1. Conference announcement: ‘Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory’, 12 November 2015
  2. Seminar reminder: ‘The Formation of a Constitutional Tradition in Continental Europe since World War II’, 18 November 2015


QMUL logoCentre for Small States, Queen Mary, University of London

Conference: ‘Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory’

Thursday 12 November 2015


The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) was created on 8 November 1965 by excising the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius and three atolls from the Seychelles. The partitioning of Mauritius on the eve of independence; the involuntary displacement of the Chagos Islanders (pursuant to the construction of a US naval facility on Diego Garcia); and their subsequent chronic impoverishment in Mauritius has remained highly controversial. The marking of fifty years since the BIOT was constituted provides scholars and practitioners with a timely opportunity to reflect upon a range of legal issues which continue to affect the BIOT and to evaluate ways in which they might be resolved.

Conference Organiser: Dr Stephen Allen: s.r.allen@qmul.ac.uk. The programme is available here and in this poster (pdf).


Middle Temple-UKCLA logos

The UK Constitutional Law Association and the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple



18 NOVEMBER 2015


6 pm

Speaker: Professor Cesare Pinelli

Cesare Pinelli is one of Italy’s most eminent comparative public lawyers and is full Professor of Public Law at “La Sapienza” University, Rome.

The Formation of a Constitutional Tradition

in Continental Europe since World War II

Reply: The Right Honourable the Lord Carnwath, Justice of the UK Supreme Court

The presentations and subsequent discussion from the floor will be followed by a reception from 7.30pm to 8pm.

Limited places available. RSVP essential by email to Professor Peter Leyland at pl3@soas.ac.uk