The Council presents a series of lesson plans on ethical issues in international affairs.
Topics: business ethics, climate change, and humanitarian intervention.
These lesson plans can be combined to create modules.
BE: Business Ethics
Teaching "Introduction to Business Ethics"
Beyond obedience to the law, what responsibility do corporations have to act ethically or in the social interest?
Teaching "What is the Role of the Corporation in Society?"
What is the best way to promote sustainable business practices and solve global problems?
BE-02-01 Corporate Human Rights Policies
Are voluntary initiatives such as the UN Global Compact strong enough to effect real change in corporate human rights policies?
Teaching "Ethics and Supply Chains"
How can multinational corporations effectively manage supply chains and promote sustainable practices throughout their operations?
BE-03-01 Fighting Corruption
In the development community, there is significant debate whether to prioritize anti-corruption efforts over economic development.
BE-03-02 The Green Economy
Corporations increasingly realize the need to make their business models more environmentally sustainable. But with the outburst of enthusiasm for environmental causes has come a lot of hype.
CC: Climate Change
CC-01-01 Does Climate Change Exist?
Al Gore states that the world's scientists are overwhelmingly in agreement that the world is warming because of human activities. Does consensus equal truth? Is climate change real?
CC-01-02 Throwing Precaution to the Wind
What level of scientific certainty is required before we take concerted action to combat global warming? The precautionary principle advocates caution, but this can cut two ways.
CC-02-01 You Do It and You Clean It Up
Two primary questions impede international climate negotiations: Whose responsibility is it to act first? And, whose carbon is it?
CC-02-02 The Common Tragedy of Consumerism
Should the costs of mitigating carbon emissions and moving to a sustainable economy be borne by consumers directly, or passed on to them through the supply chain by the companies and retailers with which they do business?
CC-03-01 Crafting a Fair Climate Agreement
Has the Kyoto Protocol been effective? How can the right to pollute be allocated fairly across nations? Do poor people have the right to subsistence emissions for survival?
CC-03-02 Environment or Economy?
Many argue that mitigating carbon dioxide will prove too costly to the global economy. Can our economy grow and grow green?
HI: Humanitarian Intervention
HI-01-01 State Sovereignty and the Ethics of Intervention
This introduces a series of tensions: between order and justice in international society; between realist and liberal takes on humanitarian intervention; between current international legal and normative orders; and between thinkers commenting on the intervention issue over time.
HI-01-02 Images, Empathy, and the Humanitarian Impulse
In this lesson we discuss the role of emotions in motivating the humanitarian impulse, and the role of media and elite in conditioning the way we view humanitarian crises and action.
HI-01-03 Was the Iraq War a "Humanitarian" Intervention?
This lesson takes the form of a classroom debate to reenact a heated discussion that took place in the pages of "Ethics & International Affairs" in 2005 between the international lawyer, Fernando Tesón, and the international political theorist, Terry Nardin.
HI-02-01 Somalia: A Failed Intervention?
What do the decisions to intervene in Somalia and the subsequent decision to withdraw tell us about the relationship between domestic politics and humanitarianism?
HI-03-01 From the Right to Intervene to the Responsibility to Protect
With ongoing inaction and non-coordination over the certain crises around the globe, can the responsibility to protect gather sufficient support, strength—can it even survive—so that we no longer have to witness or suffer "Rwandas" or "Kosovos"?
HI-03-03 Environmental Security and Ecological Intervention
Is environmental protection a legitimate reason to interfere in the affairs of another state? Is the answer to this question the same for state interference as for the behavior of private individuals? What should be the role of international organizations?