The ECtHR Ruling in Ilias and Ahmed: ‘safe third country’ concept put to the test

Thursday, April 13, 2017

On 14 March 2017 the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgement in the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary concerning two asylum seekers of Bangladeshi nationality who were detained at the border zone in Hungary and then subject to removal to Serbia. Although the judgement is not final yet (as Hungary could...

The right to an oral hearing in Austrian asylum appeal procedures in the light of Article 47(2) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Friday, January 16, 2015


In Austria, an oral hearing needs to be formally requested both in asylum appeal procedures and administrative procedures in general. Notwithstanding that a request may be lodged, the competent Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) may dispense with an oral hearing under Section 21 Para. 7 Federal Office Procedure Act (BFA-...