International Association of Refugee Law Judges

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

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.