Professional Testimonial Privileges: A Law and Economics Perspective by Lev EppelbaumProfessional Testimonial Privileges: A Law and Economics Perspective by Lev Eppelbaum

Professional Testimonial Privileges: A Law and Economics Perspective

byLev EppelbaumForeword byProf. Dr. Hans-Bernd Schäfer

Paperback | January 15, 2009

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This work contributes to a field in the literature of law & economics in which little research has been done thus far namely the relationship between corporate law and procedural law such as the rules of evidence and of civil procedure. As the reader will discover in the following pages, attorneys, accountants, and journalists, each play an important role in promoting corporate compliance with the law as gatekeepers and monitors against wrongdoing. Ido Baum evaluates the importance of the professional testimonial privilege - a rule that allows the professional to refrain from testifying with regard to information received from his client - in promoting this objective. He does so by looking at the efficient performance of the professional privilege in the United States, England, and Germany while taking into account systemic differences such as the starkly different civil procedure regimes and the structural differences in corporate ownership and control in the capital markets of the compared jurisdictions. Focusing on the relationship between the corporate counsel and the corporation, this book provides new insights into the internal effects of the corporate lawyer-client privilege on corporate decision-making. For example, it is shown that the narrow application of the privilege in some US states creates an inefficient incentive to inflate corporate boards in order to reduce the exposure to sanctions for corporate malfeasance. As accounting standards are converging around the world, the author provides some warnings with respect to situations in which accountants and lawyers choose to work together.
Dr. Ido Baum promovierte bei Prof. Dr. Hans-Bernd Schäfer am Institut für Recht und Ökonomik der Universität Hamburg. Er ist Assistant Professor of Law am College of Management - School of Law in Rishon LeZion, Israel, sowie leitender Redakteur des führenden israelischen Finanzmagazins "The Marker".
Title:Professional Testimonial Privileges: A Law and Economics PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pagesPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Gabler VerlagLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3834913413

ISBN - 13:9783834913418

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Table of Contents

The rule and its justifications, a comparative legal survey, comparative law and economics perspectives, modelling multi disciplinary practices (MDPs), the reporter's testimonial privilege, defamation law, modelling privilege in defamation law suits