Recasting the Common European Asylum System: A First Appraisal

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 harmonize domestic legislation on refugee protection. Furthering such harmonization 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-organized with the Odysseus Network, the Project benefits from the expertise of leading scholars in international and EU law. Among other research activities, a Colloquium has been held in Brussels on 8 and 9 April 2014: Towards a Common European Asylum System: The Legislative Package of Second Generation. The outcome of the research project and the Colloquium has been published in 2016 with Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Project Team

Philippe de Bruycker, Project Director
Vincent Chetail, Project Director
Odysseus Network’ Experts



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

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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




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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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