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UK: the interplay between the Geneva Convention and the Hague Convention


On 15 September 2020, the Court of Appeal ruled that, where a child has been granted refugee status in their own right, or has its own pending asylum claim, it cannot be returned under the Hague Convention. However, in case a child is dependent on another asylum claim, the child can be returned.

Finland: Supreme Administrative Court rules on the obligation to provide special procedural guarantees to vulnerable applicants


On 7 September 2020, the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland ruled that an officer of the Finish Immigration Service (FIS) is obliged, under section 96(a) of the Aliens Act, to consider the individual status and circumstances of an asylum applicant by identifying an applicant in need of special procedural guarantees and providing them with the necessary support to enable them to exercise their rights and fulfil their obligations

France: interim relief judge rejects call for continued food and drinks distribution in the center of Calais


On 22 September 2020, the French Administrative Tribunal of Lille ruled that there was no urgency to suspend the execution of the Pas-de-Calais Prefect’s decree (Arrêté) of 10 September 2020, which prohibits the distribution of free drinks and food products in certain parts of the city center of Calais to prevent health risks and

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The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is an online database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and a compilation of summaries of refugee and asylum case law from the courts of 22 European states, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The summaries are published in English and in the relevant state’s national language.

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