The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database co-ordinated by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and a compilation of summaries of refugee and asylum case law from the courts of 17 EU Member States, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The summaries are published in English and in the relevant Member State’s national language.

As of March 2015, the database contains almost 1000 summaries of  national and European courts’ judgments. The case summaries can be filtered by keyword, applicable legal provision, country of decision, applicant country of origin, and date of decision.

In addition to case summaries, the database contains links to relevant international, European and national legislation, and links to relevant resources from inter- and non-governmental organisations. The database also includes country overviews for each of the 17 EU Member States covered, along with the latest news on recent developments in international and European asylum law.

The database also features journal articles on important new European Court judgments, as well as country- and topic- specific analyses, covering subjects ranging from the detention of asylum seekers in Hungary to the right to an effective remedy in accelerated procedures.

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 co-operation amongst decision-makers and practitioners in Member States.

The database covers the following 17 EU 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 being provided with financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union and the Julia Taft Refugee Fund.

If you are interested in contributing an article on a relevant subject to the EDAL blog or would like to inform us about an important national judgment, please kindly send an email to Amanda Taylor ( or Julia Zelvenska (