The Ordem Dos Advogados Do Brazil and the Politics of Regulation of Legal Profession in Brazil
8º Encontro da Associação Brasileira de Ciências Políticas, 2012
20 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2014
Date Written: August 1, 2012
The objective of this paper is to identify and analyze the politics of regulation of the legal profession made by the "Bar Association" of Brazil (OAB) at the recent transformations of law in the country, considering the historical position of OAB between the state and civil society. The expansion of legal education, the opening of the economy and changes in patterns of organizational offices intensified social and economic stratification of the profession and brought new pressures on the regulation carried out by the OAB on issues that include commercial nature of law; hierarchical relationships between lawyers in large firms; the activities of foreign firms; the list of permitted practices by the Bar Association, among others. The analysis will seek to reconstruct specific and recent conflicts over the regulation of advocacy for OAB, identifying political processes, actors and relevant social relations.
Keywords: legal profession, lawyering in emerging economies, foreign law firms
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