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This chapter defines the object of inquiry and introduces the relevant sources of international and European law. It also discusses the method and means of interpretation applied to the object of inquiry. Asylum law has been enriched in the last few years by a number of measures of the European Community that address the legal relation between persons in need of protection and the Member States. The description and analysis of European asylum law focuses on the relation with international law. The study of European law on asylum therefore focuses on its relation with international law, and in particular on the way it affects the legal position of persons requesting asylum. The Refugee Convention and the prohibitions of refoulement, then, are the main constituents of international asylum law. The provision prohibiting indirect refoulement is to be found in the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR).

Keywords: CCPR; community law; European community; International asylum law; refugee convention



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