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John Hasnas
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McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University

 
PROFESSIONAL

EDUCATION

SCHOLARSHIP

LECTURES, COLUMNS, 
AND OTHER PRESENTATIONS

LECTURES, COLUMNS, AND OTHER PRESENTATIONS:

"Does Corporate Moral Agency Entail Corporate Freedom of Speech?" Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Boca Raton, FL, August 2015

"Corporate Moral Agency and the Right to Vote," Collective Responsibility for the Future Conference, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, June 15-16, 2015

"Individual Versus Corporate Responsibility," Judicial Symposium on the Economics of Crime and Punishment, Los Angles, CA, April 2015

"The First Amendment and Freedom of Speech," Chapman Law School, Los Angles, CA, April 2015

"Hobbes and Locke or Hayak: Two Models of Legal Regulation," Harvard Law School, Boston, MA March 2015

"Should Corporations Have the Right to Vote?: A Paradox in the Theory of Corporate Moral Agency," The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 2014

"Should Corporations be Allowed to Vote?" SBE Annual Conference, Phildelphia, PA, August 2014

“Oil and Water, or Peas in a Pod: Making Sense of Behavioral and Normative Approaches to Business Ethics,” SBE Annual Conference, Phildelphia, PA, August 2014

Invited Commentator, "The Commitment of International Organizations to Institutional Integrity," The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, July 2014

"The Failure of the Market Failure Argument," Florida State University, February, 2014

"The Phantom Menace of the Responsibility Deficit," INSEAD, Conference on The Moral Responsibility of Firms: For or Against?, Fontainebleau, France, December 2013

"Corporate Ethos and Corporate Criminal Liability: Should We Punish the Twinkies?," Notre Dame Law School, November 2013

"The Failure of the Market Failure Argument," Reason TV, Los Angeles, CA, May 2013

"The Failure of the Market Failure Argument," LA Sierra University, Riverside, CA, May 2013

Disruptive Innovation Workshop, Logan, Utah, May 2013

"Disparate Impact Analysis and Presumptions of Discrimination," Attorneys General Education Program: Third Annual Public Policy Institute on Financial Services, George Mason University, May, 2013

Keynote speaker, Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium, April 2013

"An Argument against Corporate Moral Responsibility," Johns Hopkins University, April 2013

Organizer/Director, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics/American Criminal Law Review Symposium: Reducing Corporate Criminality: Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations and Options for Reform, Georgetown Law Center, March 2013

"A Context for Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations and Proposals for Reform," American Criminal Law Review Symposium: Reducing Corporate Criminality: Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations and Options for Reform, Georgetown Law Center, March 2013

"Two Theories of Environmental Regulation," Washington University School of Law, March, 2013

"Reflections on Corporate Moral Responsibility," University of North Carolina, Greensboro Philosophy Colloquium, March 2013

Organizer/Director, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics Symposium: Reducing Corporate Criminality: Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations and Options for Reform, Georgetown Law Center, March 2013

"A Context for Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations and Proposals for Reform," Georgetown Law Center, March 2013

"Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?" Social Philosophy and Policy Colloquium, University of Arizona, January, 2013

Organizer/Director, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics Symposium: The Ethics of Bailouts and Government Support of Corporations: Public Benefit or Crony Capitalism? McDonough School of Business, November, 2012

"The Failure of the Market Failure Argument," Webinar sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, October 2012

"A Critique of Free Market Fairness," Alexander Hamilton Society, Washington, DC, October 2012

Commentator, Current Research Workshop on Anarchy and Legal Order, University of Arizona, September 2012

"Disparate Impact Doctrine under the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act," Law and Economics Center Public Policy Conference: Using Disparate Impact Analysis to Establish Discrimination in Lending, National Press Club, Washington, DC, September 2012

"The First Amendment and Freedom of Speech," Constitution Day speech, Duke University, September 2012

"Corporate Ethos and Corporate Criminal Liability: Should We Punish the Twinkies?" University of Illinois Law School, February, 2012

"Two Theories of Environmental Regulation," Roger Williams Law School, October 2011

"Ruminations on the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech," George Mason University School of Law, July 2011

"Trapped: How the Department of Justice Pressures Corporations to Turn on Their Own Employees," Columbia Law School, November 2010

"Why Corporations (even BP) Should Not Be Punished for Anything They Do" University of North Carolina Law School, November 2010

"Why Corporations Should Not be Punished for Anything They Do" Rutgers Law School, November 2010

"Why Lovers of Liberty should Love the McDonald Coffee Cup Case," Seton Hall Law School, November 2010

"BP, Markets, and Government Failure," University of Illinois Law School, November 2010

"The Failure of the Market Failure Argument," Georgia State Law School, November 2010

"When Acting Ethically is against the law," Texas Wesleyan Law School, October 2010

"Reflections on Democracy and Freedom," European Liberty Conference, Milan, Italy October 2010

"Two Theories of Environmental Regulation," Tulane Law School, New Orleans, October 2010

"The Discordance of New York Central Jazz," Loyola Law School, New Orleans, October 2010

"Where Is Felix Cohen When We Need Him?: Transcendental Nonsense and the Moral Responsibility of Corporations," Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, NY February 2010

"The Illiberalism of Corporate Criminal Liability," Columbia Law School, New York, NY January 2010

"The Discordance of New York Central Jazz," Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, November 2009

"Corporate Criminal Liability: A Debate," University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Ill, October 2009

"The Proper Application of the Market Failure Argument," Lecture to Congressional Staff, Rayburn Building, Washington, DC, August 2009

"The Nature of the Right to Die," Duke University Law School Workshop Series, Durham, NC, April 2009

Op-ed article, "The ‘Unseen’ Deserve Empathy, Too," Wall Street Journal, May, 29 2009

2009 Tabor Lectures, Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics, Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, IN, March, 2009:

  • Bench and Bar Lecture: "Between Scylla and Charybdis: Ethical Dilemmas of Corporate Counsel in the World of the Holder Memorandum"

  • Public Lecture: "Of Sirens, Shepherds, and Lawyers: Imagery and the Attorney’s Ethical Obligation"

  • "Did Nineteenth Century Legal Reform Enable the Regulatory State?" Center for the History of Political Economy, Duke University, Durham, NC, March 2009

    "The Supreme Court and the Meaning of Life," American Constitutional Society, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC, March 2009

    "Law and the Market: The Failure of the Market Failure Argument," Rhodes College, TN, November 2008

    Commentator for "The Roles of Standardization, Certification, and Assurance Services in Global Commerce," at Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility: Law, Operations, and Strategy, Georgetown University Law Center, November 2008

    "Ethical Controversies in Ethnic Medicine," Symposium on Ethnic Influences in Cardiovascular Disease, Orlando, FL, October 2008

    "When is it Unethical to Obey the Law?" Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, AL, October 2008

    Director, "Tort Law, Liberty, and Responsibility," Liberty Fund colloquium, Alexandria, VA, September, 2008

    "Federal Prosecution of Corporate Crime," University of Miami School of Law, Miami FL, September 2008

    Invited participant, Social Philosophy and Policy Center/Liberty Fund conference "Liberty and Environmentalism," Orlando FL, June 2008

    Panelist, "Corporate Criminal Liability," Criminal Law Brief Symposium, Washington College of Law, American University, April 2008

    "What’s Wrong with Punishing the Innocent," University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH January 2008

    "What’s Wrong with Punishing the Innocent," Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, Cincinnati, OH, January 2008

    Academic participant, Mitchell Forum on Ethical Leadership, Naples, FL, January 2008

    Director, "Hayek, the Common Law, and Liberty," Liberty Fund colloquium, Alexandria, VA, December, 2007

    "Corporate Criminal Liability: Conflict between Law and Ethics," Thomas Jefferson School of Law, November 2007

    "Depoliticized Law and the Rule of Law," New York University Austrian Economics Colloquium, New York, November 2007

    "The Ethics of Compliance," Symposium on Unearthing Corporate Wrongdoing: Detecting and Dealing with Ethical Breaches in the Business World, University of Dayton School of Law, October 2007

    "The Ethical Impropriety of Corporate Criminal Punishment," Annual Conference of the Society for Business Ethics, Philadelphia, PA, August 2007

    "What’s Wrong with Punishing the Innocent," Annual Conference of the South Eastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, FL, July 2007

    "The Depoliticization of Law," International Conference on Legal Pluralism, Privatization of Law and Multiculturalism, Cegla Center, Tel Aviv, May 2007

    "When Acting Ethically is Against the Law," Keynote Address, Conference on Integrated Risk Management and Corporate Governance, Loyola University, Chicago, April 2007

    Organizer/Director, Georgetown Business Ethics Institute/American Criminal Law Review Symposium: Corporate Criminality: Legal, Ethical, and Managerial Implications, March 2007

    "What’s Wrong with Punishing the Innocent," Georgetown Law Center Faculty Retreat, February, 2007

    Panelist, "Syriana: Fact or Fiction," ABA Young White Collar Lawyers Subcommittee, Washington, DC, February 2007

    "White Collar Crime and Shareholder Wealth," Wake Forest School of Law, January 2007

    Op-ed article, "Felony Inc.," Worth Magazine, January 2007

    "Criminalization of Commercial Activity and Its Consequences," AEI-Brookings Civil Justice Symposium, Georgetown Law Center, December 2006

    "Punishing Businesses for Employees Crimes," American College of Business Court Judges, Washington, DC, November 2006

    “Are Technology Entrepreneurs Crooks?” Gilder/Forbes Telecosm Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA, October 2006

    Op-ed article, "Do Nothing," Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2006

    “Business Ethics and the Federal Campaign Against White Collar Crime,” Loyola School of Business, New Orleans, LA, September, 2006

    “The Ideal System of Tort Law,” Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Phoenix, AZ, September 2006

    Panelist, Corporate Criminality, Brooklyn Law School, September 2006

    "Sins of the Children: Punishing Businesses for Employees’ Crimes," Heritage Foundation,  August 16, 2006

    Director, "Hayek, the Common Law, and Liberty," Liberty Fund colloquium, Arlington, VA, July, 2006

    Op-ed article, "End the Draft," National Law Journal, April 24, 2006

    Book Forum on "Trapped: When Acting Ethically is Against the Law," with Alice Fisher, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Law Division as commentator, Cato Institute, April 2006

    "Royal Rent-Seeking and the Emergence of Criminal Law" Plenary Address, Annual Conference of The Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, April 2006

    Op-ed article, "Department of Coercion," Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2006

    "Commercial Speech and the Nature of the Legal Regulation of Expression," George Washington University, February 2006

    Director, Liberty Fund Colloquium, "Liberty and Corporate Ethical Responsibility in the Contemporary Business Environment," February 2006

    "Up from Flatland: Business Ethics in the Age of Divergence," Daniels School of Business, Denver University, January 2006

    "Toward a Tri-Polar Theory of Business Ethics," University of Michigan, September 2005

    Presenter, "Deputizing Company Counsel as Agents of the Federal Government," Cato Institute, April 2005

    "Hayek's Confusion, or Customary Misconceptions of Common Law and Common Misconceptions of Customary Law" American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, December 2004

    "Hayek, Common Law, and Fluid Drive," New York University, November 2004

    "Ethics and the Problem of White Collar Crime," Washington College of Law, American University, Symposium on Overcriminalization: The Politics of Crime, October 2004

    "The Supreme Court and the Meaning of Life: A Legal and Philosophical Primer on the Right to Die" Health Law Scholars Workshop, St. Louis University School of Law, September 2004

    "The First Amendment and the Right to Freedom of Speech," Koch Summer Fellows Program, July 2004

    "Ethics and the Problem of White Collar Crime," Presentation to Congressional staff, Rayburn House Office Building, June 2004

    Director, Liberty Fund Colloquium, "Liberty and Corporate Ethical Responsibility in the Contemporary Business Environment," March 2004

    "Ethics and the Problem of White Collar Crime," McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, February, 2004

    Invited Participant, Social Philosophy and Policy Center Conference: Natural Rights Liberalism from Locke to Nozick, September 2003

    "The Philosophical Basis of Anti-discrimination Law," Koch Summer Fellows Program, June 2003

    Op-ed article, "Diversity Thumbs on the Scales" Washington Times, June 22, 2003

    Op-ed article, "Too Much Official Power," National Law Journal, May 5, 2003

    Op-ed article, "Racial Preferences, Even If for Good, Open Door to Future Abuse," Detroit Free Press, March 27, 2003

    "Reflections on the Minimal State," APEE Annual Conference, March 2003

    "The Economics of Tort Law" Mercatus Center Capitol Hill Course, October 2002

    "Common Law and the Environment" University of North Carolina School of Law, November, 2001

    "Reflections on the Minimal State," Austrian Economics Colloquium, New York University, October 2001

    Op-ed article, "Novel View of Election Money," National Law Journal, January 29, 2001

    Op-ed article, "Rick-Hil Deal Is How to End Soft Money," N.Y. Daily News, October 4, 2000

    "Equality and Discrimination," Mercatus Center Executive Seminar Series, Capitol Hill, August 2000

    "Campaign Finance Reform: The Benefits of a Bad Idea," Koch Summer Fellows Program, June 2000

    "Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and the Anti-Discrimination Principle," J. M. Kaplan Workshop in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, George Mason Department of Economics, April 2000

    "Law and Economics Seminar: Tort Law," Mercatus Center Capitol Hill Course, June 1999

    "Restitution and the Criminal Law," Washington University School of Law, February 1999

    "How the Provisions of Oxford of 1259 Protected Agnes Syster from the Predations of Arthur Murray Dance Studio #51540," Centers for the Study of Emerging Institutions Conference, Reykjavík, Iceland, October 1998

    Panelist, "Judgment Day: A Lawyer's Soul on Trial," Ethics CLE presentation, Robert T. Roberts Inn of Court, Kansas City, Missouri, September 1998

    "Corporate Responsibility," Conference on "Ethics, Law, and the Tobacco Industry," Virginia Commonwealth University, November 1997

    "Three Theories of Discrimination," University of Texas, Austin, March 1997

    "How the Provisions of Oxford of 1259 Made Ronald Dworkin a Star (and Incidentally Helped Give Rise to the Critical Legal Studies Movement)," University of Missouri-St. Louis, February 1997

    "Considerations on Liberty, the Rule of Law, Shoes, and Unrequited Love," Washington and Lee University, January 1997

    "The Economics of Tort Reform," Southern Economic Association Conference, November 1996

    "A Tale of Two Tort Systems," George Mason University School of Law, November 1996

    "Overconsumption, Environmental Ethics, and the Common Law," Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, April 1996

    Public Radio, "New York Beat," WNYC, Interview concerning smoking and the Americans with Disabilities Act, August 1995

    Op-ed article, "New Life for Smokers," Washington Post, August 20, 1995

    "How the Provisions of Oxford of 1259 Made Ronald Dworkin a Star (and Incidentally Helped Give Rise to the Critical Legal Studies Movement)," Stanford Law School, April 1995

    "Considerations on Liberty, the Rule of Law, Shoes, and Unrequited Love," Loyola University, New Orleans, Business School/Economics Department, March 1995

    "Common Law, Legislation, and Market Failure," Loyola University, New Orleans, Business School/Economics Department, March 1995

    "Critical Legal Studies, Legal Realism, and Public Choice," New York University Department of Economics, November 1994

    "How the Provisions of Oxford of 1259 Made Ronald Dworkin a Star (and Incidentally Helped Give Rise to the Critical Legal Studies Movement)," Social Philosophy and Policy Center, April 1994

    "How Not to Miss the Point of the Indeterminacy Argument," Social Philosophy and Policy Center, March 1994

    "From Cannibalism to Caesareans: Two Concepts of Fundamental Rights," Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 1994

    "Affirmative Action in the Legal Academy, " University of Toledo School of Law, February 1994

    "Back to the Future: From Critical Legal Studies Forward to Legal Realism or How Not to Miss the Point of the Indeterminacy Argument," Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 1993

    Public Television, "The Open Mind," WNYC, New York, September, 1993

    Public Radio, "Georgetown University Forum," July 1993

    "Affirmative Action and the New Discrimination in Academic Hiring," Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, March 1993

    Invited Speaker, Forum on Multiculturalism in Education, Georgetown University Law Center, March 2, 1993

    Op-ed article, Published as "Overgrazing Till the Cows Come Home" by the L.A. Times, November 1, 1992 and as "The Tragedy of the Commons -- and the Congress" by the Baltimore Sun, November 20, 1992

    "Why the Law Should Not Recognize Welfare Rights," Washington and Lee University School of Law, March 1992

    "Law and Spontaneous Order: Classical Liberalism Meets the Critical Legal Studies Movement," University of Virginia School of Law, February 1992