Podcast: Emotions of a defence lawyer — Management strategies and role in the construction of justice

Understanding how defence lawyers perform their duty towards clients by managing their emotions

Defence lawyers in adversarial legal systems are obligated to remain loyal to their clients, irrespective of the client or the crime. In such cases, lawyers are expected to manage inappropriate emotions to ensure conformity to the emotional regime of law, thereby making the job emotionally demanding. Lisa Flower from Lund University, Sweden, in her study titled “Emotional Defence Lawyers”, published in Brill’s Emotions: History, Culture, Society, analyzes how defence lawyers employ emotion management strategies to perform their duty of loyalty and how this plays a role in the construction of justice.