Emory International Law Review


Individuals' linguistic features have often been used to provide evidence of speakers' national origin. The use of language analysis for the determination of origin (LADO) in asylum proceedings has led to inconsistencies in the treatment of asylum applications, as different nations use different procedures of analysis. Although it has not responded specifically to the use of LADO, and the European Union has acknowledged the need for equal treatment of asylum applications through the development of the Common European Asylum System. This Comment applies the purpose of the CEAS to the use of LADO and argues that, like the CEAS, an established and trusted LADO procedure must be established. The lack of uniformity in LADO procedures had led to inaccurate conclusions'for nations to assess asylum applications consistently throughout the European Union, a standard LADO procedure must be implemented in the CEAS.