Legal Contact Points Network

Start Founded in February 2012. First meeting in Stockholm (Sweden) in October 2012.
Active Member States Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Other GDISC Member States are welcome to join the LCP Network as well.
External organisations EASO
Purpose The purpose of the network is to facilitate the exchange of relevant legal jurisprudence among European migration services.
Background information As a direct consequence of the MSS vs. Greece and Belgium judgment of the ECHR in January 2011, which exposed the deficit in exchange of information between the Member States concerning legal questions in the frame of migration and asylum law, the Legal Contact Points (LCP) pilot project was started in February 2012 to address this aspect. The pilot project involved the Steering Group Members minus Italy plus Czech Republic. In November in Rome 2012, the Steering Group decided that the pilot project should be opened up to all Member States.
The legal framework for asylum and migration is constantly developing alongside current events both locally and globally. One of the most important sources of law in Europe is the jurisprudence of European and international courts. The rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) have a large impact on national legislation and jurisprudence as well as the future development of the EU asylum acquis and migration law. Along with legal developments, Member States are often confronted with legal issues concerning the application and interpretation of human rights law and EU law.
To deal with these challenges the LCP Network meets annually and regularly exchanges information amongst a list of contact points that is maintained by the GDISC Secretariat. The network uses LCP Requests to share information on national cases and judgements or to request opinions on recent/pending judgement; and to coordinate interventions in European cases.
Status So far, five meetings have taken place: kick-off meeting in Stockholm (Sweden) in October 2012, a meeting in Malmö (Sweden) in November 2014, a meeting in Nuremberg (Germany) in December 2015, a meeting in Vienna (Austria) in December 2016, and a meeting in London (UK) in December 2017.
Next meetings The next meeting will take place in London in December 2017.

For further information please contact the GDISC Secretariat

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