Lawyers' Professional Ethics—Do They Exist?
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2002
Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2001
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 1–9, March 2001
How to Cite
Aarnio, A. (2001), Lawyers' Professional Ethics—Do They Exist?. Ratio Juris, 14: 1–9. doi: 10.1111/1467-9337.00168
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The author's aim is to prove that certain moral principles will always be etched into laws when the interest of society demands it and when morality as a set of norms guiding behavior no longer functions in an expected manner outside the system of law. In this paper, it is argued that morality is constituted within the law in a more profound way as well as in a way which is also much more difficult to identify than, for example, conventional instructions concerning professional ethics may indicate. The main thesis is that de facto there are no particular professional ethics of lawyers beyond or above the ethical principles binding all people.