Place, information technology and legal ethics

PhD Thesis


Thomas, Jasmine. 2017. Place, information technology and legal ethics. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/5c060a458a82a
Title

Place, information technology and legal ethics

TypePhD Thesis
Authors
AuthorThomas, Jasmine
SupervisorMortensen, Reid
Bartlett, Francessca
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages366
Year2017
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/5c060a458a82a
Abstract

This thesis addresses the impact that technology has on lawyers’ ethics. It first establishes a case for place, drawing on the works of Martin Heidegger and his
disciples. By analysing legal theory, ethical theory, continental philosophy and technology theory, three key elements of place emerge – location, community and
history. This Heideggerian framework underpins the thesis and addresses the issues lawyers face with increased technology use. Lawyers are currently confronted by
technology that has evolved as a result of globalisation. Their ethical obligations in relation to communication, confidentiality, conflicts of interest and litigation are
challenged. Place affects lawyers’ ethics to a significant extent. A place based ethical perspective fills the gap within community theories of lawyers’ ethics and bridges the
gap between ethical theories and technology philosophy. By recognising and preserving place, lawyers will maintain a stronger connection with their professional duties.

Keywordstechnology; lawyers; ethics
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460806. Human-computer interaction
480505. Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession
489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
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