The Nairobi Code

The Nairobi Code is an ethical standard for organizations providing legal aid to refugees. It is available in PDF format (En Español; En Français, Na Hrvatskom, V Slovenščini, and 日本語で).

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.

These materials 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!

Legal Ethics Training Videos

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.

The above training materials were prepared by Asylum Access.

General Legal Aid Materials

For a comprehensive list of legal aid organisations for asylum seekers and refugees, as well as resources for country of origin information, please refer to the Rights in Exile Programme page.  Additionally, the Rights in Exile newsletter provides monthly updates on salient topics in refugee legal assistance.

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