Soft Law, Legal Ethics and the Corporate Lawyer: Confronting Human Rights and Sustainability Norms

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United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Legal Ethics, Corporate Lawyers, Soft Law, Sustainable Development Goals


We are all familiar with the old adage that hard cases make for bad law. This symposium riffs off that idea to inquire whether soft law can make for (great) ethical lawyering? To interrogate this question, the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Canada, hosted the 30th annual Wickwire Lecture and invited several scholars from different jurisdictions to share their reflections on the complicated, but increasingly common, challenges of the relationship between emerging soft law norms and the ethical obligations of corporate lawyers.