Lunch seminar: Legal processes between the Western Sahara liberation movement POLISARIO and the EU: international and EU law issues
We welcome all to this lunch seminar regarding the legal processes between the Western Sahara liberation movement POLISARIO and the EU.
Speaker is Manuel Devers, the legal counsel of the POLISARIO Front before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
Manuel Devers is currently pursuing a PhD at the Sorbonne Law School, Manuel Devers provides legal advices to claimants willing to litigate international law claims before domestic courts and EU Courts.will present the latest developments on the question of Western Sahara before EU Courts. In 2016 and 2018, in the light of the principles of self-determination and of the relative effect of international treaties, the CJEU ruled several times that the EU cannot conclude international agreements applicable to Western Sahara without the consent of the Sahrawi people, regardless of whether such agreements are deemed to be beneficial to them.
However, in January and March 2019, instead of implementing these rulings, the Council of the European Union decided to conclude to two new agreements with Morocco explicitly covering occupied Western Sahara. These actions leave no other choice to the POLISARIO Front than to initiate new proceedings before the CJEU based on a simple argument: these agreements are illegal because the Sahrawi people never agreed to them.