European Database of Asylum Law


The Irish Refugee Council is leading a project to create an accessible online database of European caselaw on refugee and asylum law.  The database, called EDAL, the European Database of Asylum Law, is being developed in partnership with ECRE, the European Council on Refugees and Exile.

EDAL was created under the project entitled ‘Learning from Practice: Developing a database of jurisprudence to deepen cross-European understating of the interpretation of the Qualification and Procedures Directive’ (JLS/2009/ERFX/1022) and is co-financed by the European Commission’s European Refugee Fund.

EDAL creates an accessible resource containing case law from 11 EU Member States interpreting refugee and asylum law. EDAL summarises relevant case law in English and the Member State’s national language and provides a link to, and/or pdf of the full text of the original judgment. By the end of the current project, EDAL contains summaries of 500 decisions. The project aims to contribute to the quality and consistency of asylum decision-making across the EU by allowing practitioners, decision and policy-makers to learn from and use precedents from other European member states.

EDAL was officially launched by President Michael D. Higgins on 17 February 2012.

Launch of EDAL – Speech by Maria Hennessy

EDAL Leaflet