EDAL resources

EDAL Resources cover the following categories:

Case Law

This section generally contains judgments which are cited in the summaries and/or appear in the ELENA Legal Update (it does not contain EDAL case summaries but original judgments with a brief description of the case in English).


Here you will find resources from United Nations, Council of Europe bodies, NGOs and  international and national organisations dealing with asylum and human rights issues which could be relevant to decision makers and legal practitioners.


This section contains national legislation, European instruments and international instruments dealing with asylum topics.

The national legislation refers to the main legislative acts relevant to asylum procedures, reception conditions, qualification and detention. It does not specify the implementing guidelines specific to these legislative acts. For more information on this please see the Asylum Information Database (AIDA). Where possible the national legislation refers to both the text in the original language as well as an English language version. To access the original language versions click on "Languages" on the right hand side.

Both the European and international instruments cover the most pertinent pieces of legislation relation to asylum, refugee law and international human rights law.

Country Overview

The Country Overviews for Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom have been taken from the Asylum Information Database (AIDA). The reports cover asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention of asylum seekers and are regularly updated. AIDA is a project of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), in partnership with Forum Refugiés-Cosi, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Irish Refugee Council.

EDAL Country Overviews for the Czech Republic, Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia and Spain were prepared by the National Experts who completed the Case Summaries with the input of the ELENA national coordinators. The overviews provide information on the legal framework of the relevant countries asylum system.

Support documents

This section contains documentation setting out how EDAL case summaries are identified and created and on the Database's keywords.

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Resources listed on EDAL are not exhaustive, we aim to build on the content and promote and share new resources as they become available.