Ethics of Business, Trade, and Global Governance Online Conference

December 4, 2020 |

The Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance, in cooperation with the Department of Finance—University of Vienna and the University of St Andrews Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance, will be holding an online conference on Friday December 4, 2020 on the theme, "The Ethics of Business, Trade, and Global Governance." The plenary speaker will be Douglas Irwin, the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, on the topic, "Are We Past 'Peak Globalization'?"

International trade policies and disputes have dominated domestic and international politics. From the continued negotiations in the EU and the UK over Brexit to US-China tariff battles, the questions and debates over international trade and capital flows will not be going away, particularly in the midst, and in the aftermath, of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these trade discussions highlight the economic benefits and costs of individual trade deals or policies without examining the diverse ethical, economic, social and political ramifications of globalization and trade for global actors as well as for local communities and businesses. What is needed now is a more comprehensive, interdisciplinary discussion of the complexities of international commerce.

The goal of this one-day conference is to bring together ethicists, economists, political scientists, international relations scholars, policy experts, and business leaders to examine not only the political and economic impact of globalization but also how international trade and investment can be conducted more ethically.

All questions about the conference may be submitted via email to Kyle Hubbard.


Session 1, 9 – 10:45 a.m. EST: International Business & Globalization

  • “Responsibilities of a Japanese global company: Challenges to Gender Equality,” Hanaka Ariyoshi (University of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Japan) and Kaori Takano (Fort Lewis College)
  • “COVID-19, GVCs and the shifting European policy context for strategic industries,” Louise Curran (Toulouse Business School) and Jappe Eckhardt (University of York)
  • “Globalization as a ‘Soft Factor’ in the Process of Social Erosion,” Aleksandar Novakovic (SMC Business School, Switzerland and Institute for Political Studies—Serbia)

Session 2, 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. EST: Trade & Global Governance

  • “Trump, Xi and the Threat to the World Trade Organization,” Kevin Fandl (Temple University)
  • “Transnational Anti-corruption Deterrence: the Effects of the FCPA on China's State-dominated Sectors,” Jian Xu (Emory University)
  • “To see and be seen: The political economy of new technologies for monitoring deforestation-linked value chains,” Caleb Gallemore (Lafayette College)

Plenary Address, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST: Douglas Irwin (Dartmouth College), "Are We Past 'Peak Globalization'?"

Session 3, 3 – 4:15 p.m. EST: Ethical Norms & Global Business

  • “Who is Wronged by Wrongful Exploitation?” Brian Berkey (University of Pennsylvania)
  • “Towards a Normative Justification of the UN's Guiding Principles for Businesses,” Aatif Abbas (Syracuse University)
December 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM

Online only, register below for link.

Kyle Hubbard,