Extract from David Horrigan’s article “The Attorney-Client Privilege: Perspectives from Japan and the Americas”
The United States, Brazil, and Japan provide a roadmap for the complexity of the privilege question when doing international legal work.
It goes without saying that the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine are fundamental components of U.S. law—especially in the field of e-discovery. With the purpose of encouraging full and open dialogue between lawyers and clients, the attorney-client privilege protects the confidentiality of communications, and the work product doctrine protects lawyers’ work prepared in anticipation of litigation.
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