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Title: A Human Rights Code of Conduct: Ambitious Aspiration for a Public Interest Law Office or Law Clinic

Lead Presenter: Barlett, Lauren


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Session Abstract: The standards regulating the decision-making and behavior of lawyers currently provide inadequate guidance for many of the ethical dilemmas that practicing attorneys face on a daily basis. Universal human rights principles—the concepts of morality underlying much of human rights law—provide more ambitious moral direction that lawyers can use to guide decision-making and behavior. This presentation will discuss why additional aspirational goals are needed for the legal profession and explain how and why to apply universal human rights principles to lawyering. In addition, the presentation will introduce the idea of adopting a human rights code of conduct for a law clinic, law office or law school. Presenter will share sample human rights codes of conduct used by her own law clinic, legal aid and other public interest law firms in the U.S., as well as practical suggestions for leading efforts to adopt a human rights code of conduct.

Session Material:

  1. A Human Rights Code of Conduct_Article

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