Borgen Publishes Article on Western Sahara in Israel Law Review


Professor Christopher Borgen’s article “The Art of the Deal or ‘Abandoning’ Self-Determination? US Recognition of Morocco’s Territorial Sovereignty over Western Sahara,” has just been published in the Israel Law Review (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Here is the abstract:

This article considers the recent recognition by the United States of Morocco’s territorial sovereignty over Western Sahara. After a review of certain aspects of the history of the dispute over Western Sahara, it focuses on the interaction of arguments based on the recognition and non-recognition of territorial sovereignty with those prioritising the right of self-determination of the Sahrawi people. It concludes that, in as much as the population of Western Sahara has a right to decide its own future, US recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara has undermined key principles of international law.