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Our Common Future: The Imperative for Contextual Ethics in a Connected World

F. Bartlett, R. Mortensen and K. Tranter (eds), Alternative Perspectives on Lawyers and Legal Ethics, Routledge, London (Research in Legal Ethics) 2011, 56-84

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-16

29 Pages Posted: 7 May 2012 Last revised: 5 Jun 2012

Vivien Holmes

Australian National University - ANU College of Law

Simon Rice

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: May 6, 2012

Abstract

Global connectedness offers possibilities for development and peace, and poses threats to security and the environment, on a scale we are still comprehending. Transactional and advisory lawyers are in a powerful position to affect the global impact of their clients' conduct. The world needs lawyers to recognize the global effect of their conduct, and to take responsibility for it, through a contextual approach to legal ethics. Lawyers must firmly and clearly restate their ethics, making them relevant to an environment where borders and boundaries no longer reliably define their accountability. The world cannot afford for lawyers to do otherwise.

Suggested Citation

Holmes, Vivien and Rice, Simon, Our Common Future: The Imperative for Contextual Ethics in a Connected World (May 6, 2012). F. Bartlett, R. Mortensen and K. Tranter (eds), Alternative Perspectives on Lawyers and Legal Ethics, Routledge, London (Research in Legal Ethics) 2011, 56-84 ; ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2050705

Vivien Holmes (Contact Author)

Australian National University - ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Simon Rice

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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