Western Sahara Campaign UK granted permission for Judicial Review

24 Apr 2015 | by Caroline Sweeney

The Western Sahara Campaign UK was granted permission for judicial review yesterday against the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Western Sahara Campaign UK works to protect the rights of the people of Western Sahara. The UK based campaign group claim that products imported under a trade agreement with Morocco actually originate from West Sahara.

The case raises important points of EU Law and public international law.

In the claim against DEFRA, the Western Sahara Campaign UK is challenging the lawfulness of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between Morocco and the EU (or, alternatively, the manner of its implementation).

In the claim against HMRC, the Western Sahara Campaign UK is challenging the lawfulness of the manner in which the Association Agreement has been implemented by the European Union and its Member States.

Permission for Judicial Review was granted on all grounds in both cases by Mr. Justice Walker.

The case has received the following press coverage:

Conor McCarthy is junior counsel for the Claimant, instructed by Leigh Day.