Professional Ethics and Responsibility in the Era of Cooperation in East Africa

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Professional Ethics and Responsibility in the era of cooperation: Comparing the regimes in the East African Community states

A research paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the bachelor of law degree. DECLARATION
This work has not previously been accepted in substance for any degree and is not being concurrently submitted in candidature for any degree. Signed………………………………………………………. (candidate) Date………………………………………………………….

TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.0 INTRODUCTION
2.0 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITY
3.0 ETHICS IN THE MODERN SOCIETY
4.0 THE CONCEPT OF COOPERATION AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION
5.0 THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY
6.0 THE POSITION IN THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY STATES
7.0 RECOMMENDATIONS

1.0 INTRODUCTION
This paper focuses on the role of professional ethics and responsibility in the modern day society. Whether such ethical values can be integrated and used to realize economic, social and political change. In an era where countries are integrating especially on such aspect as economy with the objective of realizing economic development there begs the question whether ethics can apply to the trade practices between the integrating countries. This is the central question of the paper. Another aspect that will be dealt with in this paper is that of diversity in the way different societies perceive of the issue of professional ethics and responsibility and this will be restricted to the East African regional cooperation. Economic integration in East Africa will be the focal point of this research paper and how the aspects of professional ethics and responsibility can be used to the betterment of such cooperative activity. This paper also critically engages in the question of how poststructuralist notions of professional ethics and responsibility might inform practical politics. This basically may take a more modern perception of professional ethics and how it can be used to realize political stability or otherwise influence the political scene in a particular country. The concept of post modernization will be discussed here and the different points of views held by the different scholars will be highlighted in this paper.

2.0 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITY
Professional ethics is part and parcel of any field or profession and plays a big role in the efficient functioning and respectability of the profession. It is as a result of ethics which one undertakes to use in the carrying out of their professions that has enabled such professions to have existed for long periods of time and have attained the respect of the community or society at large. According to the journal of administrative ethics on sociological aspects; “Professional ethics are a set of norms that determines an individual position towards professional duties, professional relations with other employees and, finally, towards society as a whole. Professional ethics reflects the specifics of morality, personal interrelationships and behavior coming from professional activities. It is common practice to distinguish professional ethics for activities related to direct communications with people, such as medicine, journalism, legal science, general sciences, etc. Activities dealing with special public duties like military service, police service, sports or public and political activities and others are also characterized by special moral codes. Professional ethics can be considered as a concrete expression of general ethical norms caused not only by the specifics of relations between professional groups and public, but the specifics of personal relations within a professional group. It is the existence of special personal relations within professional groups that results in special moral norms regulating these relations”.

Professional ethics include: first, behavioral codes defining certain types of moral relations between individuals who consider...
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