Volume 10, 1999
Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting
Gregory M. Reichberg
Conducting Business Amidst Human Rights Abuses
Some Lessons from the Just-War Tradition
This paper raises a set of ethical questions that business leaders can ask themselves when deciding to operate in nations with grave violations of human rights. These questions are drawn from the tradition of moral inquiry known as "just war" (bellum justum). This tradition has devised a set of criteria helpful in organizing our ethical thinking about war. This paper transposes these criteria to the distinct, but related, domain of international trade.