At their simplest level, human relationships are about the ties between people. These ties, however, are anything but simple; rather, they are complex interdependencies whose dynamic reciprocity of obligations and interests is not always represented in our legal thinking. The essays in this book explore the intersection of interdependency and law, and contemplate some of the key issues at stake in the way the law interprets and addresses human relationships. The relationships covered include: - the client-therapist relationship - the lawyer-client relationship - commercial relationships - the relationship with one's Internet service provider - the bureaucrat-citizen relationshipThe authors look critically at the legal concepts -- the law of contract, the concept of fiduciary duty, the "duty to act fairly," and the concept of the impartiality of decision makers -- that have framed these relationships of dependence and interdependence. Their essays demonstrate that the lens of interdependence is a fruitful framework through which to re-evaluate some of our traditional legal concepts.
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Introduction / Nathalie Des Rosiers 1 Dependence in Client-Therapist Relationships: A Relational Reading of O'Connor and Mills / Sue Campbell 2 Dependence and Interdependence in the Relationship between Lawyers and Clients / Lucie Lauziere 3 Fiduciary Duties in Commercial Relationships: When Does the "Commercial" Become the "Personal"? / William Flanagan 4 Personal Relationships in the Year 2000: Me and My ISP / Ian Kerr 5 Law and Intimacy in the Bureaucrat-Citizen Relationship / Lorne Sossin Contributors Index