In 2017, a new book on Western Sahara was edited by professors Marco Balboni and Giuliana Laschi.
The book is the outcome of a workshop with the same title, organised in 2014 at University of Bologna, where both professors are lecturing. The workshop took place in the framework of the Italian presidency of the European Union.
Contributors to the book are:
-Francesco Correale, Tours-CNR University, 'Les origines de la « question du Sahara Occidental » : enjeux historiques, défis politiques' -Carlos Ruiz Miguel, University of Oviedo: 'The Principle, the Right of Self-determination and the People of Western Sahara' -Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations: 'The Principle of Sovereignty of Natural Resources and its Consequences' -Ricardo Passos, European Parliament, Director, Legal Affairs: 'Legal Aspects of the European Union’s Approach towards Western Sahara' -Erik Hagen, Western Sahara Resource Watch: 'Fish before Peace. The EU’s Controversial Fisheries in Occupied Western Sahara' -Enrico Milano, University of Verona: 'The 2013 Fisheries Protocol between the EU and Morocco: Fishing ‘too South’ Continues.
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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