A Virtue Approach to Courage in Legal Practice

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Author(s): 
Thomas, Hywel
Kotzee, Ben
Badini Confalonieri, Luca
Author(s)' contact information: 
Dr Ben Kotzee Jubilee Centre for Character and Values School of Education (Social Sciences) University of Birmingham E-mail: h.b.kotzee@bham.ac.uk Website: www.jubileecentre.ac.uk
Conference title: 
Teaching Legal Ethics UK workshop
Conference location: 
City University Law School, London
Country: 
UK
Year: 
2013

This workshop will introduce participants to the work of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values on the role of character and values in the legal profession. The workshop will introduce the dilemma approach that the centre uses to studying professional character or virtue and will focus on the virtue of courage. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss one of two dilemmas designed by the Centre to illustrate courage in conflict with other virtues and values. Participants will discuss to what extent certain courses of action (and the reasoning behind these courses of action) reflect courage in ethical decision-making and will discuss how important courage is in relation to other character strengths a professional may demonstrate (e.g. loyalty, justice or wisdom).

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