On 26th May 2023 the University of Worcester and the University of Edinburgh will be holding a one-day conference on the Challenges and Prospects for the Chagos Archipelago. The conference brings together scholars, members of the Chagossian community, diplomats, artists, and lawyers.


The conference takes place at the School of Law, University of Worcester (8.30-17.30 BST – followed by a screening of Absolutely Must Go) and it is free to attend. Delegates can attend either in-person or online. The conference is based on an academic book being edited by Laura Jeffery (University of Edinburgh) and Chris Monaghan (University of Worcester). The confirmed speakers include:


Audrey Albert

Richard B Allen

Stephen Allen

Oumar Ba

Priya Bahadoor

Olivier Bancoult

Kelly-Jo Bluen

Owen Bowcott

Thomas Burri

Chagossian Voices rep TBC

Chen Chu

Sue Farran

Charles M Fombad

Felicity Hand

Peter Harris

Christopher Hill

Sabrina Jean

Laura Jeffery

Michael Joson

Satvinder Juss

Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul

Milan Meetarbhan

Stewart Motha 

Chris Monaghan

Jean-Noël Pierre

Pierre Prosper

Esther Pujolràs-Noguer

Philippe Sands KC 

David Snoxell

Natasha Soobramanien

Saradha Soobrayen

Jean Fabrice Thierry Mandarin

Jamie Trinidad

David Vine

Luke Williams

Siphamaandla Zondi


To book a place please could you email Kat Witherall at k.witherall@worc.ac.uk and indicate whether you would like to attend in-person or online (and if you attend in person whether you have any dietary requirements).