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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

Asylum Legal Aid Lawyers' Professional Ethics in Practice
  • Year of publication 2018
  • 270 pages
Author:Tamara Butter
Category: Law Law (general)
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐816‐3 | paperback | 1st edition | € 45.00 / $ 129.25 / Free
Icon_ebook 978‐94‐6274‐808‐8 | ebook | € 45.00 / $ 67.50 / £ 41.50

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 leftist activists frustrating the legal system. 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’.

Target group

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.

Author's information

Tamara Butter holds an LL.M in both European Law and Public International Law from the University of Amsterdam. She conducted her PhD research into asylum legal aid lawyers' professional ethics in practice at the Radboud University Nijmegen and spent time as a visiting scholar at the City University of London and the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. In 2014 she was awarded the Radboud University's Frye Stipendium. Tamara Butter Lectures in sociology of law and civil law.