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
29 Pages Posted: 7 May 2012 Last revised: 5 Jun 2012
Date Written: May 6, 2012
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.
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