Pilot Professional Development Workshop on Asylum Procedures and the Principle of Non-Refoulement at EASO Headquarters

On the 22nd and 23rd of February 2018, EASO’s Network of Courts and Tribunals held a pilot professional development workshop on Asylum Procedures and the Principle of Non-Refoulement. The workshop, attended by 21 judges from 12 EU Member States, was conducted by two Judicial Trainers, from Belgium and from the United Kingdom.

The Judicial Analysis on “Asylum Procedures and the Principle of Non-Refoulement” discussed during the workshop is due to be published during the first semester of 2018 as part of the EASO Professional Development Series. 

The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss fundamental issues and key matters regarding Asylum Procedures and the Principle of Non-Refoulement in the asylum context. Each topic presented by the judicial trainers during this two-day session was followed by practical exercises consisting of the analysis of case studies. 

The activities of the first day of the workshop included a general overview of the Asylum Procedure Directive (APD) (recast), with a focus on basic principles, safeguards and procedural guarantees contained in the APD, together with procedures at the administrative level.

The second day of the workshop focussed on contributing to a better understanding of the concepts of ‘Safe Country’ and on enhancing the crucial role of the courts and tribunals in finding effective remedies.

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