European Court of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights Agency: Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration

Friday, October 4, 2013

The European Court of Human Rights and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency launched this week their Handbook on European Law relating to asylum, borders and immigration. It is intended for lawyers, judges, prosecutors, border guards, immigration officials and NGOs who deal with legal questions surrounding the situation of third-country nationals in Europe and brings together the perspective of the two European legal system: European Union law (with the EU legislation and jurisprudence) and the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, and other Council of Europe instruments such as the European Social Charter). The handbook deals with issues of access to territory and procedures, asylum determination and barriers to removal, procedural safeguards and legal support, detention and forced returns.

The handbook is available at the website of the European Court of Human Rights and of the Fundamental Rights Agency in English, French, German and Italian. Seven additional linguistic versions (Spanish, Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian, Croatian, Hungarian and Polish) will be ready by the end of the year, as well as an update of the handbook including the latest jurisprudential developments.

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