I A R L J

International Association of Refugee Law Judges


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

East Africa Regional Conference

An East African regional conference will take place in Mombasa, Kenya, from 04 to 05 October 2012, preceded by the Africa Chapter Meeting and an IARLJ Executive meeting on 3 October.

A progress report will be tabled at the next Council Meeting on 24 May 2012 in Paris.

ERA conference

ERA Training Seminar on Minority Rights//Trier/14 and 15 June 2012

The Europaïsche Rechtsakademie (Academy of European Law) announces a forthcoming conference which might be of interest to members of the IARLJ.
To view the programme follow the hyperlinks for English or French .

This seems an excellent training opportunity for judges seeking further education on the challenging issues raised by minority status issues in asylum procedures. There are still a limited number of places available.

Given the previously fruitful cooperation between the IARLJ and ERA, current IARLJ members are offered a specially discounted price. Upon proof of membership in the association, participants will be eligible to avail a significantly reduced fee of 175Euro for this training seminar. This includes tea and coffee breaks, lunch on both days, dinner including a tour of Trier's vineyards and a wine-tasting as well as an extensive documentation pack.

CARFMS Annual Conference Call for Papers

The 2012 Canadian Association for Refugees and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) will be holding its next annual conference on Wednesday, May 16th to Friday, May 18th 2012, at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The conference will feature officials from the UNHCR, states officials, including jurists, legal scholars, academics and legal counsel, along with NGOs and advocates. The title of this year's annual conference is "Restructuring Refuge and Settlement: Responding to the Global Dynamics of Displacement." For more information on the annual conference please click here for Call for papers  andhere for all relevant information on the conference

Research paper

Gender related persecution and the Refugee Convention Art 1A(2), a research paper by Linda Kirk, Australia

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