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Legal Services and the GATS: Norms as Barriers to Trade


Paul D. Paton


University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law

September 1, 2003


Abstract:     
The author posits that the tension within the legal profession between guild protection and the desire for more open trade opportunities for exporting legal services mirrors the "law as profession"/'law as business" debate. He concludes that resistance to open trade in legal services at the GATS has been anchored in core values rhetoric. While the legal profession thus far has been successful in resisting international encroachment on traditional domestic practice models, that protectionism sets up a clash between the legal profession's traditional values and the deepening global integration agenda for which domestic governments are pressing.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 56

Keywords: legal services, GATS, legal profession, Canada, NAFTA

JEL Classification: F14, K33, K49

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Date posted: September 2, 2008  

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Paton, Paul D., Legal Services and the GATS: Norms as Barriers to Trade (September 1, 2003). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1262054 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1262054

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University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law ( email )
3200 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817
United States
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