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European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL)

The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database containing case law from 17 EU member states interpreting refugee and asylum law as well as from the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. EDAL summarises relevant case law in English and the member state’s national language and provides a link to (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.

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. The database contains case summaries from the following member states:

Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom.


EDAL is searchable in English and the original language of the decision. The website interface is available in English only. 

The case summaries are searchable by a free text / full text search, as well as by keyword, applicable legal provisions, country of decision, country of applicant and date.
Visit the European Asylum Law Database at  http://www.asylumlawdatabase.eu/