Dublin Hosts Conference on EU Asylum Law with Participants from Across the E.U.

Posted On: 16 January 2014


MEDIA Release, Wednesday 15 January

On 17th and 18th January, Dublin will host an international conference including lawyers, judges, civil servants and academics from 18 EU countries who will come together to examine and review the way in which European refugee law is being applied across the European Union.

The conference, organised jointly by the Irish Refugee Council and the Irish Centre for European Law, will take place at the Hilton Charlemont Hotel and will be addressed by leading experts in international refugee law. It is an initiative organised under the auspices of the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) which is co-ordinated by the Irish Refugee Council.

Aoife Gillespie BL, Director of EDAL and herself a barrister specialising in asylum law in Ireland, said

“We are delighted to be able to welcome colleagues from across the EU all of whom have an interest in the practice of refugee law.  The conference will provide an opportunity to assess the progress that has been made in harmonising asylum law across the EU and to highlight where we can make progress together.”

Speakers at the conference include Guy Goodwin-Gill (Professor of International Refugee Law at Oxford University), Mr. Justice Bernard McCloskey (High Court Judge in Northern Ireland and President of the UK Upper Tribunal of the Asylum and Immigration Chamber), Nuala Mole (Senior Lawyer and Founder of the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre), Judge Lars Bay Larsen (Court of Justice of the European Union) and Adriano Silvestri (EU Fundamental Rights Agency).

EDAL and the conference are supported by the European Commission through the European Refugee Fund



Caroline Reid, Communications Officer, Irish Refugee Council: caroline@irishrefugeecouncil.ie /

085 8585510

Notes to the editor:

Aoife Gillespie BL, EDAL Director, available for interview.

EDAL is a free, open-access asylum case law database. It hosts summaries of hundreds of cases by national asylum bodies in 17 EU Member States as well as the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights. Summaries are compiled by legal experts in each country and are available in English as well as the original language of the decisions. Search options include free text as well as filters by EU and international legal provisions, keywords and more.

EDAL also features access to copies of the full judgment for each summary, regularly updated news on developments relating to the European asylum acquis, Country Overviews of the asylum system in each Member State, full texts of EU asylum legislation, a Journal section and a wealth of additional resources.

Find us at www.asylumlawdatabase.eu and on Facebook and Twitter, @EDAL_EU.

The Conference programme can be accessed here.