European Database of Asylum Law


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

The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database containing case law from 22 European states interpreting refugee and asylum law as well as from the CJEU and ECtHR. 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 where available.

EDAL was created through funding from European Commission’s European Refugee Fund. Its creation was coordinated by the Irish Refugee Council in partnership with the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE); the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) also joined as partners during the second phase of development. EDAL’s objective is to strengthen the development of harmonized standards of protection within the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and, in particular, to increase consistency and quality in the interpretation and application of CEAS legislation.

Currently the database is managed by ECRE and is being provided with financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.

The primary audience is decision-makers at all levels, practitioners, academics and policy makers. EDAL aims to foster deeper cooperation amongst decision-makers and practitioners in Member States.

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

Launch of EDAL – Speech by Maria Hennessy

EDAL Leaflet