Issues of ethics have always attended interpreting, as practitioners will often be privy to complex or highly privileged information – whether related to national security, or personal trauma or difficulty, or sensitive business negotiations. Trust in those doing the interpreting is paramount for participants who lack command of the other language, and recognition of ethical practice is fundamental to recognition as a profession. Moreover, unlike other professions where there is a direct relationship between a practitioner

and client, interpreters always work between two parties – either a speaker and listeners (as in conference interpreting) or between two interlocutors in liaison situations; ethical issues can crucially arise for interpreters from the behavior and disposition of either party, and trust has to be obtained from both. This chapter first looks at how ethical considerations and resulting codes of ethics have arisen

in diverse interpreting settings; it then goes on to examine often unresolved ethical issues over role and ethics, linking debates in interpreting to cognate debates in translation studies.