Call for Papers
Theme: The Ethics of Business, Trade and Global Governance
Type: Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Center for Ethics in Business and Governance, Saint
University of Vienna
Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance, University of St.
Location: Portsmouth, NH (USA)
The Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and
Governance, in cooperation with the University of Vienna and the
University of St. Andrews Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance,
announces a call for proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on
the economics, ethics and governance of global trade.
International trade policies have featured prominently in recent
elections in the United States and Europe, while specific trade
agreements like NAFTA and TPP are a continued topic of discussion
among policy-makers and in the media. Many of these discussions
highlight the economic benefits and costs of individual trade deals
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 is a more
comprehensive, interdisciplinary discussion of the complexities of
The goal of this conference is to bring together ethicists,
economists, political scientists, international relations scholars,
policy experts, and business leaders to comprehensively examine not
only the political and economic impact of trade but also how trade
can be conducted more ethically.
Suggested topics or questions that a proposal could address include:
- Is free trade a goal countries and corporations should pursue?
- What is the respective role of corporations and governments in
determining trade policy?
- What are the origins and causes of the current international trade
- Are there advantages to bilateral as opposed to multilateral trade
- How will FinTech affect international trade?
- Should individual countries prioritize their own interests in trade?
- Is globalization beneficial or detrimental to communities?
- What are the rights and responsibilities of economic actors
engaging in the global economy?
- Does free trade demand the free movement of peoples?
- Do participants in international trade have a responsibility to
ensure a more equitable distribution of benefits?
- Should there be a shared responsibility to ensure that trading
practices enable sustainable development and the recognition of
- What are the social and political challenges in governing
international trade and the movement of global capital?
- Who has the authority to make and enforce the rules and laws
involved in the global economy?
- How does trade affect collective bargaining rights?
- What is the relationship between economic development and
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of international
organizations in regulating international economic relations?
We will accept proposals for individual presentations, entire panels
(3-5 presentations per panel), or moderated roundtable discussions.
Individual proposals should consist of an abstract of no more than
350 words. Individual presentations at the conference will be 15-20
minutes. Proposals for panels should include a proposed title and
brief explanation (50-100 words) of the panel along with abstracts
for each presentation. Roundtables should include a title, a list of
participants, and an explanation (up to 350 words) of the questions
and issues the roundtable will address. All proposals may be
submitted via email to: eth...@anselm.edu
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Kyle
We encourage proposals from undergraduate students. At least one
panel will be reserved for undergraduate student presentations.
Presenters at the conference will have the option of submitting their
papers to Business Research (Springer) for a special issue devoted to
International Business Ethics & Trade. Submitted papers will be
subject to a double-blind, peer reviewed process. Guidelines for
submitting papers for possible publication will be provided at the
Proposals for individual presentations, panels, and roundtable
discussions are due June 1, 2018. All individual presenters and panel
presenters will be required to submit completed papers by November
16, 2018 (two weeks prior to the conference date). Moderated
roundtable discussion participants do not need to submit a paper.
The conference is hosted by the Saint Anselm College Center for
Ethics in Business and Governance and supported by our partners at
the University of Vienna and the St. Andrews Centre for Responsible
Banking & Finance. For more information on the conference, please see
the Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance
Wentworth by the Sea
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
Kyle Hubbard, Program Director
Center for Ethics in Business and Governance
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102
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