John Hasnas
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.

Published Works


selected articles


John Hasnas, "Does Corporate Moral Agency Entail Corporate Freedom of Speech?" 43 Social Theory and Practice 589 (2017), DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract20178315

John Hasn/as, "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

John Hasnas, "The Problem of Punishment," in Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration, Routledge (2017)

John Hasnas, "The Phantom Menace of the Responsibility Deficit," in The Moral Responsibility of Firms, Oxford University Press (2017)

John Hasnas, "Should Corporations Have the Right to Vote? A Paradox in the Theory of Corporate Moral Agency," is forthcoming in the Journal of Business Ethics this April.


John Hasnas, "Some Noodging about Nudging: Four Questions about Libertarian Paternalism," forthcoming in 15 Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy (2016)


John Hasnas, "The Phantom Menace of the Responsibility Deficit," chapter in forthcoming Oxford University Press book, The Moral Responsibility of Firms: For and Against  "Lobbying and Self-defense," 12 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 391 (2014)


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

John Hasnas, "Teaching Business Ethics: The Principles Approach," 10 Journal of Business Ethics Education 275 (2013)

John Hasnas, "A Context for Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations: Is the Department of Justice Playing in the Right Ballpark?," 51 American Criminal Law Review(2013)

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


John Hasnas, "Reflections on Corporate Moral Responsibility and the Problem Solving Technique of Alexander the Great," 107 Journal of Business Ethics 183 (2012) (DOI 10.1007/s10551-011-1032-5)

Johns Hasnas, "Is Moral Imagination the Cure for Misapplied Judicial Empathy?: Bandes, Bastiat, and the Quest for Justice," 51 Washburn Law Review 25 (2012)

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