Ethics in Legal Aid

Ethics are of critical importance in refugee law because of the uniquely vulnerable position in which refugees find themselves. When providing legal services to refugees, it is likely that you will encounter ethical dilemmas where the right course of action is not necessarily clear. This training will help you understand how to navigate these dilemmas and provide sound and transparent legal advice to your clients.

In this section, we will explore the Nairobi Code, which governs ethics in refugee law in UNHCR context and countries that do not have an elaborate legal ethics system. We will begin by looking at the code more generally and then we will examine its basic principles, including: Duty of Confidentiality, Duty of Diligence , Duty of Integrity, Client-Advisor relationship, Conflicts of Interest , and Duty to Avoid Exploitation. Finally, we will consider how to implement a complaint or feedback mechanism , and how to deal with any ethical dilemmas that working with community interpreters.