Phase II

EDAL is now entering its second phase during which the user interface will be available in French and German as well as English and case law will be available from an additional six EU countries, bringing the total to 17

  • Austria
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

As part of the second phase of the EDAL project, the content of the database will be expanded from its current focus which is primarily on the Qualification and Asylum Procedures Directives to cover all substantive legislation of the CEAS. In addition, case law from decisions of the CJEU and the ECtHR will be added to the site to facilitate access to these crucial resources and encourage increased adherence to European interpretations by national courts and tribunals. It is further planned to establish an on-line analytical journal and blog and to convene international conferences on international asylum law. These will encourage dialogue on issues covered by the CEAS and the evolution of concepts through analysis and the exchange of views across different legal systems and legal cultures throughout Europe.

By the end of Phase II in early 2014, it is expected that the expanded EDAL will be a comprehensive and user-friendly resource on all the main aspects of European asylum law with summaries of over 1,000 decisions of interest from 17 Member States, the CJEU and the ECHR.

Conclusion

EDAL is careful to complement rather than duplicate the work of a number of international on-line resources on refugee law as well as that of the new European Asylum Support Office as it tries to build quality and consistency across the EU. EDAL is unique in that it has, for the first time, brought together in one place and in an accessible manner the principal case law across EU Member States in relation to the interpretation of EU asylum law and, by implication, international law. It has collated a wealth of judgments on issues common to EU countries in the context of asylum law, practice and policy. It is an easily accessible and freely available resource for a variety of users and uses. There is in fact no comparable database which addresses the elements of the CEAS from not simply a pro- or anti-asylum seeker perspective and which has itself a philosophy, worked through into practice, of promoting the common goal of ensuring that international protection is available to the highest standards in countries across the EU. It presents therefore the opportunity to learn from, contrast and compare issues that are highly relevant to the development of good asylum law, policy and practice within the EU.