The UK Court referred the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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February 2015 – Western Sahara Campaign UK brings action in the UK High Court against Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC) and the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

15.05.2015 - The UK High Court granted Permission by Order.

July 2015 – Substantive hearing takes place at the UK High Court.

October 2015 – the UK High Court refers the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The UK Judge stated: “I conclude that there is an arguable case of a manifest error by the Commission in understanding and applying international law relevant to these agreements.”

September 2017 – The Court of Justice of the European Union holds a hearing on the case.

January 2018 – The CJEU Advocate General issues his Opinion on the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement, and calls it invalid because it is applied to Western Sahara.

27 February 2018 - The Court of Justice of the European Union judges the agreement inapplicable to Western Sahara.




Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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