Republic of South Africa
Department Foreign Affairs

University of Pretoria

Conference on Multilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as case study Hosted by the South African Department of Foreign Affairs and the University of Pretoria, 4 and 5 December 2008

Contributions  (kindly made available by the South African Department of Foreign Affairs)

The Role and Responsibility of the International Community in support of a resolution for the conflict of Western Sahara, Senator Pierre Galand, President of the European Coordination of Committees in Support of Western Sahara - EUCOCO
Rôle et Responsabilité de la Communauté internationale dans le soutien à la résolution du conflit du Sahara Occidental, Sénateur Pierre Galand, Président de la coordination européenne des Comités de soutien ave le Peuple Sahraoui - EUCOCO

Laws of Occupation, Prof. Christina Chinkin, Professor of International Law, London School of Economics, UK
traducción: Las leyes de la ocupación, Prof. Christine Chinkin, Escuela Londoniense de Economias (Traducción no oficial)

STATEMENT by Mr Francesco M. Bastagli, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General  for Western Sahara
traducción: DECLARACION por Francesco M. Bastagli, Ex-Representante Especial del Secretario General de la ONU para el Sahara Occidental   (Traducción no oficial)

Spain's Legal Obligations as Administering Power of Western Sahara , Carlos Ruiz Miguel, Professor of Constitutional Law University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

The role of natural resources in the Western Sahara conflict, and the interests involved, Erik Hagen, journalist from Norway
traducción: El papel de los recursos naturales en el conflicto del Sahara Occidental, y los intereses involucrados , Erik Hagen, peridosta noruego

The International Legality of Western Sahara issue: the objective and inalienable solution of referendum, Prof. Dr. Smail Debeche, Faculty of Political Sciences and Information, University of Algiers

Western Sahara – from Refusal to Assertion,
Toby Shelley, Journalist and writer, Hitchin, UK

The United Nations and Western Sahara, Frank Ruddy, U.S. Ambassador (ret.)
traducción:  La ONU y el Sáhara Occidental, Frank Ruddy, Embajador de Estados Unidos (ret.)

Western Sahara: The ‘Question’ of Sovereignty, Jacob Mundy, PhD Candidate, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter 

Opening remarks by Prof Calie Pistorius Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria

Aminatou Haidar’s intervention

Self-determination, decolonisation and human rights with reference to the Western Sahara by Professor Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco
traducción: Autodeterminacion, Descolonizacion y derechos humanos con respecto al Sahara Occidental, Profesor Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco  (Traducción no oficial)

Summary and Main Conclusions by Ambassador Ebrahim Saley Chief Director: North Africa [+ full address]

SPEECH by Juan Soroeta Liceras, Public International Law Professor Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

‘Geopolitics and Realpolitik as impediments to the Saharawi’s Right to Self-determination’ speech by Adv Z. L. Madasa from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs
traducción: La geopolitica y realpolitik como impedimentos al ejercicio del pueblo saharaui de su derecho de autodeterminación , ADV Z.L. Madasa, Miembro del Comité de relaciones exteriores del Parlamento (Sudafrica)  (Traducción no oficial, a la espera de su revisión)

The legality of exploring and exploiting natural resources in Western Sahara. Address by Ambassador Hans Corell
traducción: La legalidad de la exploración y explotación de los recursos naturales del Sáhara Occidental, Embajador Hans Corell 

The Legal Claim of the Sahrawi People to the Right to Self-Determination and Decolonisation by Sidi M. Omar Member of the POLISARIO Front Negotiating Team

Address by Deputy Minister Sue van der Merwe on Multilateralism and the Respect for International Law as Strategic Objectives of South Africa’s Foreign Policy , Thursday 4 December 2008.

“Western Sahara: from stalemate to statehood” by  Mhamed Khadad, MINURSO Coordinator, POLISARIO Front

THE EU’S APPROACH TOWARDS WESTERN SAHARA, Prof. Marco Balboni, Professor of International Law, University of Bologna, Italy  NUEVO 

Conference Communiqué, Republic of South Africa Department Foreign Affairs + University of Pretoria, 05.12.08

Announcement- Informations

Media - Comments

Ex- UN Legal Counsel Corell declares EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) illegal. WSRW Press Release, 09.12.08

Law conference urges companies to stay out of Western Sahara WSRW Press Release, 05.12.08

EU-Moroccan deal "illegal"; UN expert , Afrol news, 09.12.08
Experto de la ONU: 'El acuerdo pesquero UE-Marruecos es ilegal', Afrol news, 09.12.08

Importante congreso sobre el Sahara Occidental en Sudafrica I, Carlos Ruiz Miguel, blog Desde el atlantico, 05.12.08
Importante congreso sobre el Sahara Occidental en Sudafrica II, Carlos Ruiz Miguel, blog Desde el atlantico, 05.12.08

Conference on multilateralism, international law kicks off in SA
, PANA, 04.12.08

Conférence sur le multilatéralisme et le droit international en Afrique du Sud, PANA, 04.12.08