The Court of Justice of the European Union and Palestinian refugees – Case C-364/11, El Kott

Friday, February 21, 2014

This article should be read in conjunction with the EDAL case summary, please click here.

In December 2012 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) reached a decision in an, at first sight, individual case concerning three stateless men of Palestinian origin, which could positively settle the legal position of tens of thousands Palestinian refugees arriving in Europe.

As regards their personal stories, Mr. El Kott lived in the...

To believe or not to believe? Harmonising EU practices on credibility assessment in asylum claims

Friday, February 7, 2014

In the framework of the Common European Asylum System, one core guiding principle states that “similar cases should be treated alike and result in the same outcome”[1]. The practice of EU member states still has a considerable distance to travel and the efforts are focusing at the moment on identifying and creating functioning mechanisms to harmonise the practices of 28 asylum systems.

The issues addressed are numerous and the asylum “package” of directives and regulations aims to encompass the standards that Member States...

Reduction or withdrawal of material reception conditions: the contribution of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU

Friday, January 3, 2014


With the adoption of the revised asylum acquis earlier this year, and specifically the recast Reception Conditions Directive (“rRCD”) which needs to be transposed by 21 July 2015, there has been a marked improvement in the reception conditions that Member States need to provide for those seeking international protection. Nevertheless, there are still some obvious shortcomings and most controversially, for the first time at EU...