oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The mobility of lawyers in the EEC after 1992

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



Many complex and subtle debates surround the framework of the legal profession in Europe, 1992. One such issue is the reform of the basic organisation of the legal profession, and how EC law interacts with the internal debates on this issue. Several unifying and dividing forces have been at play ever since the promise of a completely free market in legal services was made. In the field of lawyers' rights, areas remain where the internal market is incomplete, for example the rights of audience or the freedom to conduct litigation equaling that of local lawyers. This article intends to give an overview of how the legal profession is regulated in the Treaty of Rome and how these provisions have been implemented. A study of EC professional mobility legislation supplies indicators as to the pragmatic effects of these developments in the realm of the internal debates raging on enforced separation of function or unification of the legal profession.

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