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  • Project Co-Director: Philippe de Bruycker
  • Timeline: 2014-2016
  • Keywords: migration, Common European Asylum System (CEAS), recast, directives, European Union, border
  • Funding Organisation : Odysseus Academic Network and Global Migration Centre

Although most asylum-seekers remain in the Global South, European States constitute a prime destination for those who have successfully made their way to Western countries. However, with the abolition of internal borders within the European Union, it has become clear to EU Member States that asylum requires a common response. For that purpose, the EU has established the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) with the view to harmonise domestic legislation on refugee protection. Furthering such harmonisation process, the CEAS has recently been subject to a substantial recast.

This research project aims at analysing the recent changes of the CEAS, examining the progress achieved and the remaining flows. Co-organised with the Odysseus Network, the project benefits from the expertise of leading scholars in international and EU law. Among other research activities, a Colloquium was held in Brussels on 8-9 April 2014: 'Towards a Common European Asylum System: The Legislative Package of Second Generation'. The outcome of the research project and the Colloquium was published in 2016 with Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Partners: Odysseus Network, Odysseus Network’ Experts

Publications and Working Papers


  • Looking beyond the Rhetoric of the Refugee Crisis: The Failed Reform of the Common European Asylum System
    Vincent Chetail
    European Journal of Human Rights
    No. 5, 2016, pp. 584-601
  • The Common European Asylum System: Bric-à-brac or System?
    Vincent Chetail
    In: V. Chetail, P. De Bruycker & F. Maiani (eds), Reforming the Common European Asylum System. The New European Refugee Law
    Leiden: Brill/Nijhoff, 2016, pp. 3-38
  • Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection: Towards a Uniform Content of International Protection?
    Céline Bauloz & Géraldine Ruiz
    In: V. Chetail, P. De Bruycker & F. Maiani (eds), Reforming the Common European Asylum System. The New European Refugee Law
    Leiden: Brill/Nijhoff, 2016, pp. 240-268
  • Reforming the Common European Asylum System. The New European Refugee Law
    Vincent Chetail, Philippe De Bruycker & Francesco Maiani
    Leiden: Brill/Nijhoff, 2016
  • The (Mis)Use of International Humanitarian Law under Article 15(c) of the EU Qualification Directive
    Céline Bauloz
    In: D. Cantor & J.-F. Durieux (eds), Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law
    The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014, pp. 247-269
  • The Definition of Armed Conflict in Asylum Law: The 2014 Diakité Judgment of the EU Court of Justice
    Céline Bauloz
    Journal of International Criminal Justice
    Vol. 12, 2014, pp. 835-846
  •  La compatibilité d’une double procédure d’asile avec le droit de l’Union européenne: commentaire de l’arrêt H.N. de la Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne
    Céline Bauloz
    Vol. 14,(3) 2014, pp. 31-32
  • Asile et immigration
    Vincent Chetail & Géraldine Ruiz
    Journal européen des droits de l'homme/European Journal of Human Rights
    No. 5, 2013, pp. 859-881 //  No. 5, 2014, pp. 623-649 // No. 5, 2015, pp. 651-670
  • Is Switzerland an EU Member State? Asylum Law Harmonization through the Backdoor
    Vincent Chetail & Céline Bauloz
    In: H. Lambert, J. McAdam & M. Fullerton (eds), The Global Reach of European Refugee Law
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 156-177
  • The European Union and the Challenges of Forced Migration: From Economic Crisis to Protection Crisis?
    Vincent Chetail & Céline Bauloz
    European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies EU-US
    Immigration Systems Research Paper No. 2011/07, 2011


Other Related Publications

  • La dialectique migration et développement dans la politique de l'Union Européenne à l'égard des pays tiers : paradigmes et paradoxes du dialogue Nord-Sud
    Vincent Chetail
    In: M. Maes, M.-C. Foblets, P. De Bruycker, D. Vanheule & J. Wouters (eds), External Dimensions of EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policy
    Bruxelles: Bruylant, 2011, pp. 551-582
  • The Implementation of the Qualification Directive in France: One Step Forward and Two Steps Backwards
    Vincent Chetail
    In: K. Zwaan (ed.), The Qualification Directive: Central Themes, Problem Issues and Implementation in Selected Member States
    Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2007, pp. 87-101
  • Le Code communautaire relatif au franchissement des frontières: une nouvelle étape dans la consolidation de l’acquis Schengen
    Vincent Chetail
    No. 8-9, août-septembre 2006, pp. 4-7
  • La réforme française de l’asile: prélude à la banalisation européenne du droit des réfugiés
    Vincent Chetail
    Journal de droit international
    Vol. 131, No. 3, 2004, pp. 817-865

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