I A R L J

International Association of Refugee Law Judges


Nordic Asylum Seminar

The University of Bergen, Faculty of Law, has the pleasure of inviting you to the 2013 Nordic Asylum Seminar, 6-7 June 2013, in Bergen (Norway).

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Tripartite roundtable Strasbourg

Tripartite roundtable held on 9 November 2012 in Strasbourg

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Report expert meeting Bled unhcr/iarlj/Elena

We have the pleasure to publish the final report of the Informal Meeting of Experts on Refugee Claims relating to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, held in Bled, Slovenia, 10 September 2011, following the 9th IARLJ World Conference.
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research study

The impact of the four initial asylum-related judgments of the EU Court of Justice - research study

Gábor Gyulai is pleased to call your attention to his recent research study:

The Luxemburg Court: Conductor for a Disharmonious Orchestra? - Mapping the national impact of the four initial asylum-related judgments of the EU Court of Justice

Available at: http://helsinki.hu/en/the-luxemburg-court-conductor-for-a-disharmonious-orchestra

This pioneering report maps the impact of the four initial asylum-related judgments (Elgafaji, Abdulla, Bolbol, B and D) of the Luxembourg Court at the national level, including legislative and policy changes, as well as judicial interpretations. The publication collects national jurisprudence from various member states and may be particularly relevant for refugee law judges all around the EU. 

COI in Asylum Procedures

From the Helsinki Hungarian Committee

Country Information in Asylum Procedures – Quality as a Legal Requirement in the EU

In recent years, country information (COI) has become one of the main issues on the European asylum agenda, partly as a result of the spectacular advancement of information technologies.

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Translations in the following 7 languages are available: German , French , Italian , Spanish , Czech , Hungarian  and Polish

COI mapping paper

From the Helsinki/Hungarian Committie:

Structural differences and access to country information (COI) at European courts dealing with asylum

A significant part of asylum claims in the EU are decided upon in judicial review procedures and a large number of protection statuses are granted by courts every year. Yet, common EU regulation on asylum hardly puts forward any specific rule regarding this stage of the asylum proceedings, and relevant procedural frameworks are largely divergent in different member states. Country information (COI) is widely considered as determinant evidence in most asylum cases, but national courts' practices relating to the access to COI and its judicial interpretation are also divergent. The present study – as a pioneering initiative – summarises the main findings of a mapping exercise focusing on these two issues and covering all EU member states and Switzerland.

Downloadable here in English, French and German.

The study was realised in the framework of the "COI in Judicial Practice" project, co-funded by the European Commission