Asylum Legal Aid Lawyers’ Professional Ethics in Practice. A Study into the Professional Decision Making of Asylum Legal Aid Lawyers in the Netherlands and England
Den Haag : Eleven International Publishing
Number of pages
Radboud University, 19 januari 2018
Promotores : Terlouw, A.B., Westerveld, M.
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Onderzoekcentrum Onderneming & Recht (OO&R)
SubjectCentre for Migration Law; Centrum voor Migratierecht
Asylum legal aid lawyers are under continuous public scrutiny. On the one hand, these lawyers are portrayed as being solely motivated by profit. On the other hand, they are depicted as activists frustrating the legal system. This raises questions about the daily practice of asylum legal aid lawyers: How do these lawyers operate within the system? And especially, why? How do they motivate their decisions? When assisting their asylum seeking clients under the state’s legal aid scheme, lawyers need to balance the client’s interest, the public interest in the administration of justice and their own interest in profit or survival. The current book examines this balancing act and explores the role of the institutional context. It does so by studying the decision making of asylum legal aid lawyers in the Netherlands and England in respect of two ethical issues: ‘time vs. money’ and ‘hopeless cases’. This empirical research into lawyers’ professional ethics in practice will appeal to scholars engaged in lawyers’ ethics, policy makers and those involved in the regulation of the legal profession.
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