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Summer 1993


This article, which is Part 1 of two articles, examines the CCBE Code of Conduct. CCBE is the acronym used to describe the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community; the CCBE has been recognized as the official representative of the legal profession with the European Community. In 1988, the CCBE adopted a code of conduct that was intended to apply to situations in which lawyers from one CCBE Member of Observer State were involved with lawyers from another CCBE State. This article summarizes the development of the CCBE Code of Conduct, explains who it applies to, and analyzes its substantive provisions. The second part of this article offers a thesis about why the CCBE Code differs in some, but not all, respects from the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The article suggests that these differences may be a function of different ways of looking at the role of the lawyer. The CCBE Code of Conduct and the CCBE Explanatory Memorandum are included as Appendices to this article. Part 2 in this series is An Introduction to the European Community's Legal Ethics Code Part II: Applying the CCBE Code of Conduct, 7 Georgetown J. of Legal Ethics 345 (1993). It discusses the application of the CCBE Code, including its treatment of double deontology issues. Part 2 also addresses the implementation of the CCBE Code of Conduct, with a special focus on its implementation in Austria.

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Geo. J. Legal Ethics