Access To Early Legal Advice For Asylum Seekers

When: Monday 7 July
Where: Residence Palace, Maalbeek Room, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and Irish Refugee Council (IRC) are pleased to announce and invite you to the following events focusing on Legal Assistance provided to asylum seekers and unaccompanied children. Both events will take place on the 7th of July 2014 in Brussels, at Residence Palace, Maalbeek Room, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels, from 9.00 am to 15.00 pm.  Lunch will be available from 12.30. The events are free but booking is required.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th, please see the invitations below.

Right to Justice: Quality Legal Assistance for Unaccompanied Children


9.00 am -12.30 pm

Organised by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) with its project partners.

The conference will include presentation of the findings from research on access to and quality of legal assistance for unaccompanied children in immigration and asylum procedures in seven Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Spain and the UK) as well as an exchange of information, good practices and common challenges both at national and EU level. In addition, a set of guiding principles and indicators will also be presented.

Speakers including practitioners and policy makers from Member States and European institutions and other international organisations will also enrich the debate with their expertise.
You can register for the conference through this link. Please find the draft agenda.
For more information please contact Elona Bokshi ( or Hélène Soupios-David (


1.30 -3.00 pm

Organised by Irish Refugee Council

The report brings together research conducted in Ireland, the UK and Estonia on the practice and understanding of providing asylum seekers with legal advice and assistance as soon as they have made an application for refugee status. It does so in the context of both legislative and judicial developments at an EU level.  Based on interviews with those responsible for the determination of refugee claims, those with financial oversight of public funding of legal advice as well as asylum seekers and refugees themselves, it draws out the benefits to be gained by all interested parties in the fair and efficient determination of refugee applications. The research was overseen and report written by Professor Bridget Anderson of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at Oxford University.

The project was funded by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM).

Please RSVP to Caroline Reid