Seminar 24 January: The Minimum Standards of International Protection in the EU

What are the minimum standards regarding the treatment of asylum seekers applicable in the EU and Sweden? This is the topic of a new SIEPS report, whose conclusions were presented and discussed at a seminar. An audio recording of the webinar is now available.


The EU’s asylum and migration policy is constantly evolving. Following long and complex negotiations, it now seems likely that a major reform of the EU's common asylum system will soon be passed into law. The various parts of ‘the pact’ will then be implemented in member states, which are in many cases working in parallel on their own national policy and legal framework. In Sweden, a government-appointed inquiry has been asked to make recommendations on how the asylum system could be aligned with the minimum levels possible under EU law.

So what obligations do EU member states have towards people fleeing their countries to seek protection? What does international and European law require Member States to offer to asylum seekers? In an upcoming report for SIEPS, legal scholars Elspeth Guild and Maja Grundler set out the minimum legal standards that apply in the EU and Sweden. At a seminar in January 2024 the authors presented their findings and experts discussed the report’s conclusions in the context of Swedish and European policy developments.

An audio recording of the seminar will be published on this page shortly.

  • 24 January 2024 14:00 - 15:30
  • Medelhavsmuseet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm
  • Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, Queen Mary University of London
  • Maja Grundler, Lecturer in Law at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Rebecca Thorburn Stern, Professor of Public International Law, Uppsala University
  • Gisela Thater, Senior Legal Officer, UNHCR Representation for the Nordic and Baltic Countries
  • Bernd Parusel, Senior Researcher in Political Science, SIEPS
  • Carl Bexelius- Legal Director, Swedish Migration Agency
  • Anna Wetter Ryde, Senior Researcher in Law and Deputy Director, SIEPS