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Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies

Vol. 2: Comparisons and Theories

Editor(s): Richard L Abel, Hilary Sommerlad, Ole Hammerslev, Ulrike Schultz
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Published: 21-04-2022
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Edition: 1st
Extent: 704
ISBN: 9781509931224
Imprint: Hart Publishing
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About Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies

This book presents an invaluable collection of essays by eminent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines on the main issues currently confronting legal professions across the world.

It does this through a comparative analysis of the data provided by the reports on 46 countries in its companion volume: Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies: Vol. 1: National Reports (Hart 2020). Together these volumes build on the seminal collection Lawyers in Society (Abel and Lewis 1988a; 1988b; 1989).

The period since 1988 has seen an acceleration and intensification of the global socio-economic, cultural and political developments that in the 1980s were challenging traditional professional forms. Together with the striking transformation of the world order as a result of the fall of the Soviet bloc, neo-liberalism, globalisation, the financialisation of capitalism, technological innovations, and the changing demography of lawyers, these developments underscored the need for a new, comparative exploration of the legal professional field.

This volume deepens the insights in volume 1, with chapters on legal professions in Africa, Latin America, the Islamic world, emerging economies, and former communist regimes. It also addresses theoretical questions, including the sociology of lawyers and other professions (medicine, accountancy), state production, the rule of law, regional bodies, large law firms, access to justice, technology, casualisation, cause lawyering, diversity (gender, race, and masculinity), corruption, ethics regulation, and legal education.

Together with volume 1, it will inform and challenge conceptions of the contemporary profession, and stimulate and support further research.

Table Of Contents

List of Contributors

1. Methodology
Ole Hammerslev and Hilary Sommerlad

Part I - Comparisons
2. Africa
Sara Dezalay
3. Islam
Mirjam Künkler
4. Post-Socialist Legal Professions: Jurisdictional Volatility, Changing Regulatory Logics and the Return of Guilds
Rafael Mrowczynski
5. Evolution of Latin American Lawyers over Three Decades: 1990-2020
Manuel A Gómez

Part II - Multinational Firms
6. Globalisation, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies: The Rise, Transformation, and Significance of the New Corporate Legal Ecosystem in India, Brazil, and China
David B Wilkins, David M Trubek and Bryon Fong
7. Large Law Firms
Manuel A Gómez and Marc Galanter
8. Lawyers and the European Union: The Rise of a Regulatory Bar in Brussels, 1989-2019
Lola Avril

Part III - Lawyers and State Production
9. Comparative Sociology of Lawyers, 1988-2018: Legal Professions and the State
Richard L Abel
10. Law as Reproduction and Revolution: An Interconnected History of the Internationalisation of National Legal Hierarchies
Yves Dezalay and Bryant G Garth
11. State-Centred Comparison of Legal Professions in an Era of Globalisation
Frank W Munger
12. Corruption
Michael Levi

Part I - Production of Law and Lawyers
13. Rule of Law
Stephanie Lemke
14. Still Special After All These Years? Fundamental Questions in Legal Services Regulation
Andrew Boon and Noel Semple
15. When and Why Do Lawyer Organisations Seek to Influence Law?
Lynn Mather and Leslie C Levin
16. Legal Education
Avrom Sherr
17. Paralegals and the Casualisation of Legal Labour Markets
Hilary Sommerlad, Tom Clarke, Stefanie Gustafson, Jeanne Hersant, Nina Holvast, Rebecca Sandefur and Luca Verzelloni

Part V - Sociology of Professions
18. Between Rules and Power: Finding a Place for Lawyers in the Sociology of Professions
Sida Liu
19. Lawyers and Accountants
Sundeep Aulakh
20. Lawyers and Doctors
Mark Exworthy and Simon Moralee
21. Cause Lawyering in Conflicted, Authoritarian and Transitional Societies: Politics, Professionalism and Gender
Anna Bryson, Kieran McEvoy and Alex Batesmith
22. Legal Technology: The Great Disruption?
Julian Webb

Part VI - Diversity
23. Understanding Gender Inequality in the Legal Profession
Marta Choroszewicz and Fiona Kay
24. Men, Masculinities and the Legal Profession: Asking the 'Man Question'
Richard Collier
25. Race, Ethnicity and the Legal Profession
Hilary Sommerlad, Sameer Ashar, Meera Deo, Marijke ter Voert, Angela Melville and Lisa Hanson

Part VII - Conclusion
26. Quo Vadis
Richard L Abel, Ole Hammerslev, Ulrike Schultz and Hilary Sommerlad

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