Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

The Nairobi Code, Confidentiality and Ethics

The Nairobi Code

The Nairobi Code is an ethical standard for organizations providing legal aid to refugees. The Nairobi Code is available in PDF format in English, and is also available en Español, en FrançaisNa HrvatskomV Slovenščini日本語で, and на русском. (Note: the Russian version has yet to be cross-checked).

This page also provides training materials for law clinics and lawyers providing Pro Bono legal aid to refugees under the Nairobi Code.

The training materials are Nairobi Hypothetical Situations and Answers and Nairobi Code Discussion Leader’s Guide.

They are intended:

  • for participants to learn the intricacies of the Nairobi Code and its principles;
  • for participants to learn to apply the Nairobi Code in a variety of situations; and
  • for participants to understand that if they think they have an ethical conflict with a client, they should seek advice!

This series of short videos explores the basic principles of the Nairobi Code that governs legal ethics in refugee law. The series of videos provides guidance: including how to deal with specific ethical dilemmas, how to ensure that your legal practice remains transparent yet confidential, and how to develop a trusting and professional relationship with clients.  Also included is the text of the Nairobi Code itself, and a set of Hypotheticals, which can be used as a practice tool to develop a deeper  understanding of the duties implicit in the Nairobi Code.

These training materials were prepared by Asylum Access.

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