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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Western Sahara (Advisory Opinion)

Clemens Feinäugle

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 March 2019

Subject(s):
Sovereignty

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Western Sahara advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 16 October 1975 deals with legal questions in the context of the decolonization of the territory of Western Sahara ( Western Sahara [Advisory Opinion] [1975] ICJ Rep 12 ). 2 In 1884 Spain seized control over Western Sahara and declared it a Spanish protectorate ( Protectorates and Protected States ). In the late 1950s Morocco and then also Mauritania claimed the territory ( Claims, International ; Spanish Zone of Morocco Claims ; Territory, Acquisition ). In the course of the...
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