Cecilie Thimsen Madsen, Alfred Egeberg Nielsen, Karen Mareike Vanessa Hesselholdt Christensen, Mikkel Severin Jensen & Desiree Crystal Brown

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


Western Sahara is a disputed territory in the Maghreb region of North Africa. It is currently occupied and under the administrative power of its neighbor Morocco and has been so for 40 years. The ‘Frente Polisario’ is recognized by many international actors as the representative of the Sahrawi people and is located in the Sahrawi refugee camps outside Tindouf Algeria. This research investigates how and why there are diverging interpretations of the Western Sahara dispute between the Sahrawis in the refugee camps, representatives of Polisario, and various actors within the international society; including the US, UN, EU, an NGO and an expert on the UN mission in Western Sahara. This research is conducted using Hermeneutics as a philosophical approach and contributes to academic knowledge with the addition of analyzing the Western Sahara struggle from an English School perspective. Utilizing the concepts of justice and order, this research categorizes interpretations of the dispute taken from interviews with Sahrawis and international experts as well as documents from the UN and EU using qualitative content analysis as a research method. This research concludes that the biggest area of disparity comes from different notions of justice between actors involved where Sahrawis invoke a skewed notion of justice only for Sahrawis while most of the international society invokes a cosmopolitan justice for all. These diverging notions of justice have contributed to perpetuation of the dispute as well as the risk of it turning violent through armed struggle.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2019
Antal sider59
VejledereMichelle Pace


  • Wester Sahara
  • Interpretation
  • English School
  • Justice and Order
  • International Society
  • Refugees