John Hasnas

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John Hasnas is the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, professor of business at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, and professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Hasnas has held previous appointments as associate professor of law at George Mason University School of Law, visiting associate professor of law at Duke University School of Law and the Washington College of Law at American University, and Law and Humanities Fellow at Temple University School of Law. Also, he has been a visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, D.C. and at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Lafayette College, his J.D. and Ph.D. in legal philosophy from Duke University, and his LL.M. in legal education from Temple Law School. His scholarship concerns ethics, criminal law, and jurisprudence. 

With GISME, John  manages the annual ethics symposium and the occasional law symposia. He is also a lecturer for GISME's annual Workshop on Teaching Professional Business Ethics .

Published Works


 Trapped: When Acting Ethically Is Against the Law  (Cato Institute, 2006) 



"Ten Questions about Democracy" 18 Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 

 "Two Conceptions of Rights: Twenty-Five Years Later" Northwestern University Law Review Blog


"The Corruption of the Rule of Law," 35 Social Philosophy and Policy 12

"The Real Menace of the Responsibility Surplus," Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy


"Should Corporations Have the Right to Vote? A Paradox in the Theory of Corporate Moral Agency," Journal of Business Ethics 150 (2018), 657-670.

"The Quest for a Diverse Faculty: Theory and Practice" 17 Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 753 (2018)

 Clockwork Corporations: A Valiant Attempt to Do the Impossible" 103 Iowa Law Review Online 28 (2018)

 "Corporations and Voting: A Response to Kenneth Silver" 6 Business Ethics Journal Review 36 (2018),

 "Freedom of Expression at the Private University,"  in The Value and Limits of Academic Speech, Routledge (2018)


"Does Corporate Moral Agency Entail Corporate Freedom of Speech?" Social Theory and Practice 43 (2017), 589-612.

"Reflections on Prince, Public Welfare Offenses, American Cyanamid, and the Wisdom of the Common Law" Criminal Law and Philosophy (2017), DOI 10.1007/s11572-017-9433-x

"The Problem of Punishment" in Chris Surprenant, ed. Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration (Routledge, 2017).

"The Phantom Menace of the Responsibility Deficit" in Eric Orts and N. Craig Smith, eds. The Moral Responsibility of Firms (Oxford University Press, 2017).


"Some Noodging about Nudging: Four Questions about Libertarian Paternalism," Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (2016)


"Lobbying and Self-defense," Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy (2014)


"Whither Stakeholder Theory?: A Guide for the Perplexed Revisited," Journal of Business Ethics 112 (2013), 47-47.

"Teaching Business Ethics: The Principles Approach," Journal of Business Ethics Education 10 (2013), 275-304.

"A Context for Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations: Is the Department of Justice Playing in the Right Ballpark?," American Criminal Law Review (2013)

"Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?" Social Philosophy and Policy 30 (2013), 450-479.


"Reflections on Corporate Moral Responsibility and the Problem Solving Technique of Alexander the Great,"  Journal of Business Ethics 107:2 (2012), 183-195.

"Attempt, Preparation, and Harm: The Case of the Jealous Ex-Husband," Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law  9:2 (2012), 761-769.


"Is Moral Imagination the Cure for Misapplied Judicial Empathy?: Bandes, Bastiat, and the Quest for Justice," Washburn Law Review 51 (2011), 25-48.