Op-Ed: “Who speaks for the Sahrawis? The General Court’s Front Polisario v Council judgments of 29 September 2021” by Aravind Ganesh
The General Court recently issued several judgments, all named Front Polisario v Council (Joined Cases T-344/19 and T-356/19; Case T-279/19), which represent the latest episodes in long-running complex litigation between the Front Polisario on the one hand, and the EU institutions and Morocco on the other.
The disputes arose out of several international agreements between the EU and Morocco to exploit natural resources in the Western Sahara, a region the size of Italy that has been ‘administered’ by Morocco since 1974. While Morocco considers the Western Sahara its integral territory, the UN has classified it as a ‘non-self-governing territory’, while yet other jurisdictions deem it illegally occupied by Morocco. Moroccan rule is