At their simplest level, human relationships are about 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. This
collection explores the intersection of interdependency and the law,
and contemplates some of the key issues at stake in the way the law
interprets and addresses human relationships.
Part of a series that questions fundamental concepts of law, this
book looks critically at the legal concepts that have framed these
relationships: contract, fiduciary duty, the "duty to act
fairly," the impartiality of decision makers, and privileged
communication. Many of these obscure the element of interdependency.
The authors argue that interdependency is a fruitful critical - and
human - framework by which to re-evaluate some of our traditional legal
The book will be of interest to law and society scholars and
students, as it presents a different critical framework through which
to analyze traditional human relationships.
The Law Commission of Canada is an independent federal law reform agency that advises Parliament on how to improve and modernize Canada's laws.
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