Sovereign Immunity and the Moral Community

Business Ethics Quarterly 2 (4):411-434 (1992)


Government policies and practices can exert significant influence on ethical behavior in a society. Many governments still rely ona long-standing prerogative of sovereigns, the defense of sovereign immunity, to avoid public inquiry about acts that are clearly immoral. However, the basic theory and frequent practice of invoking sovereign immunity cannot be ethically justified. Moreover, such practices model conduct based on power rather than reason, fairness, or justice, and invite both nations and individuals to view politics and business as a power game to be played and won, rather than as a process of buiIding communities that emphasize reciprocity and commitment to moral principles

Download options


    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,743

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library


Added to PP

29 (#399,260)

6 months
1 (#387,390)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Ethical Immunity in Business: A Response to Two Arguments. [REVIEW]Andrew Piker - 2002 - Journal of Business Ethics 36 (4):337 - 346.
On Giorgio Agamben’s Naked Life: The State of Exception and the Law of the Sovereign.Walter Brogan - 2011 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (1):113-124.
Can There Be a Just War?Karsten J. Struhl - 2006 - Radical Philosophy Today 2006:3-25.
Parliamentary Immunity: Protecting Democracy or Protecting Corruption?Simon Wigley - 2003 - Journal of Political Philosophy 11 (1):23–40.
Human Enhancement and Supra-Personal Moral Status.Thomas Douglas - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 162 (3):473-497.