Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, Obstacles and Improvements

12th BNU WorkshopThe continued existence of a free and democratic society depends upon recognition of the concept that justice is based upon the rule of law grounded in respect for the dignity of the individual and the capacity of the individual through the reason for enlightened self-government. Law so grounded makes justice possible, for only through such law does the dignity of the individual attain respect and protection. Without it, individual rights become subject to unrestrained power, respect for the law is destroyed, and rational self-government is impossible.

Lawyers, as guardians of the law, play a vital role in the preservation of society. The fulfilment of this role requires an understanding by lawyers of their relationship with and function in our legal system. A consequent obligation of lawyers is to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.

In fulfilling professional responsibilities, a lawyer necessarily assumes various roles that require the performance of many difficult tasks. Not every situation which the lawyer may encounter can be foreseen, but fundamental ethical principles are always present for guidance. Within the framework of these principles, a lawyer must with courage and foresight be able and ready to shape the body of the law to the ever-changing relationships of society.

What are Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility? What are the obstacles to practice them and how they can be improved? Legal ethics is a term used to describe a code of conduct governing proper professional behaviour, which establishes the nature of obligations owed to individuals and to society. This workshop explores and sets out the important background to the modern practice of law, and explains the theoretical underpinning of professional ethics and its everyday application through conduct rules and principles. The topics are extracted from legislation, cases and conduct rules are provided, and comparative issues are considered where relevant. Experts will share their views and open a wide range of area to discuss and share views. 

Nevertheless; lawyers’ ethics describe a set of state codes and rules the regulates the conduct of lawyers. These codes ensure lawyers follow the law, pursue justice, and zealously advocate their client's best interests.

The lawyers’ profession is important to society and the state. A lawyer's mission is to protect rights. A great responsibility exercised by the rules of law that might face many obstacles. In accordance with the regulations and laws currently adopted, it is necessary to keep up with these new changes and developments.

This workshop will provide knowledge and finding legal mechanisms to address these obstacles.
Objectives of the workshop:

  • Give an overview of the Lawyers’ Ethics and Professional Responsibilities,
  • Highlight the reality of the legal profession at the present time
  • The most important obstacles to the lawyer during his work and means of treatment
  • Legal protection of the lawyer under the law of law

Workshop Themes:

The first session: the facts about the profession of law under exercised in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) based on Law No. 17 of 1999. This session is held by Lawyer Counselor Bakhtiar Haider, Judge and the Chairman of the Kurdistan Lawyer Association.

The second session: legal protection of lawyers under the laws and regulations, which is held by Lawyer Barzo Said Korshaglo from Lawyers Association of Kurdistan of Iraq (KRI). 

The third session: the future of the legal profession in KRI from an Academic point of view. This session is held by Dr Ahmed Miran Abdulrahman from the Department of Law at Bayan University (BNU). He will shed light on the workshop concept and how it is reflected in the education program. 
We encourage 4th year and above students from the Department of Law from all institutes to join us. 

Arranged by

College of Law and Int. Relations (CLIN) 

  • Bayan University (BNU)
  • Date: 29/04/2019
  • Time: 11:00 to 2:00pm
  • Venue: BNU Nawroz Hall