Research Team on European Laws and Migration (EDEM)


The EDEM is a research team created in 2011 as part of a research project funded by the European Refugee Fund and the UCL.

Since then, the EDEM continues to study European asylum and immigration rights and their implementation in Belgian law.
European rights are aimed at EU law and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. International law also plays a part in the reflections carried out, in particular when defining refugees and fundamental rights for the benefit of migrants.

The team works include the publication of books, the organization of seminars and conferences, the monthly publication of Cahiers (Case Law Commentaires) and the creation of a case law directory.


PALIM. This EU-funded project aims to address ICT labour shortages in the Flemish Region and Morocco. It aims to implement legal channels for immigration via employment... Keep reading.
ISEMI. A new research is beginning on the best interests of the child in a migratory context. The project combines two interrelated approaches: one targets jurisprudence and the other the social representations and professional practices of actors in the field. Keep reading.
VULNER. As part of the call MIGRATION-07-2019 (Horizon 2020): International protection of refugees in a comparative perspective. A new project has been created on the theme "Vulnerabilities under the global protection regime: How does the law assess, address, shape and produce the vulnerabilities of the protection seekers"? Keep reading.
The REDIAL project, co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Migration Policy Centre (European University Institute), aims to promote and facilitate dialogue between national judges involved in return proceedings. Keep reading.
GLOBMIG is a 48-month project that aims at developing stronger conceptual tools to better understand and model global migration patterns, to anticipate future migration pressures, and to investigate the global implications of policy reforms... Keep reading.
The aim of this project is to examine the correlation between the Belgian and European legal frameworks on the one hand, and the agency of third-country nationals on the other hand.... Keep reading.
The UCL has created a consortium of researchers working on migration issues: Louvain4Migration. We are pleased with this new opportunity to work and reflect together. Synergies are essential for understanding the complex issues at the heart of migration.


The programme aims to strengthen the protection and resilience of migrants, IDPs and host communities. The specific objective of the intervention is to improve the access of migrants and refugees to their rights. EDEM is working with ULB to strengthen the capacity of legal clinics in Moroccan universities.

  The 1951 Refugee Convention is celebrating its 70th anniversary and  is more relevant than ever. To learn more about it, go to our online course ... Keep reading.


New MOOC. Better understanding of migration, its causes and impacts on host societies. This online course brings together the views of anthropologists, demographers, economists, psychologists, sociologists and lawyers on migration... Keep reading.
A "Rosa Parks Clinic" has been set up, through which students will replace their "theoretical" dissertation with a legal analysis, the subject of which is determined in collaboration with an NGO. The aim is to confront students with one or more current issues requiring applied research work.


Workshop | Through the Eyes of the “Vulnerable”:...

Through the Eyes of the “Vulnerable”: Dialogues on Temporalities and Space View the program in French 13.30 Welcome Address Christine Flamand...


Cahiers de l'EDEM - Louvain Migration Case Law Commentary

Each month, the Cahiers de l'EDEM propose to analyze decisions or new texts and to comment on them.