Leif Wenar

King's College London; Member of Ethics & International Affairs Editorial Board; Carnegie Council Fellow, 2004-2005

Leif Wenar holds the Chair of Philosophy and Law at King's College London. He founded cleantrade.org. Wenar was a Carnegie Council Justice and the World Economy Fellow from 2004–2005.

He is the author of Blood Oil (Oxford University Press 2016) and his work has appeared in Ethics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Mind, Analysis, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Columbia Law Review, and The Philosopher's Annual.

Featured Work

CREDIT: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dpu-ucl/6982018401/">dpu-ucl</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>).

JUN 1, 2012 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: Principle vs. Practicality: A Closer Look at the Ethics of Climate Change Adaptation Finance

Mixing the principles of causality, vulnerability, and ability to pay into the negotiations over climate change adaptation is unnecessarily complicated. There are moral and political ...

JUN 2, 2011 Podcast

Leif Wenar on Natural Resources and Clean Trade Policies

Consumers in countries that import natural resources are often unwittingly in business with dictators, corrupt officials, and armed groups, says Leif Wenar. Yet we could ...

OCT 7, 2008 Podcast

Public Ethics Radio: Leif Wenar on the Resource Curse

There is a powerful case that corporations and countries that buy natural resources from bad actors in developing countries are violating the property rights of ...

Darfur refugee camp. CREDIT: <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/knobil/66824893/in/set-1441812/">Mark Knobil</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en-us">CC</a>).

FEB 1, 2008 Article

The Resource Curse: A Clean Hands Trust for the People of Sudan (Part 4)

Wenar argues that a trust-and-tariff mechanism could be used against countries that insist on buying resources from the worst regimes. The revenues would go to ...

U.S. Secretary of State Rice and President Obiang,<br> Equatorial Guinea CREDIT: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Secretary_Rice_and_President_Obiang.jpg" target=_blank>U.S. State Dept</a>

FEB 1, 2008 Article

The Resource Curse: Stopping the Flow of Stolen Resources (Part 3)

Calculations show that oil companies illicitly transport into the U.S. over 600 million barrels of oil each year. This is 12.7 percent of U.S. oil ...

Panning for Diamonds, Sierra Leone<br> CREDIT: <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/brianharringtonspier/455875454/" target="_blank">Brian Harrington Spier</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>)

FEB 1, 2008 Article

The Resource Curse: Might Makes the Right to Sell? (Part 2)

Customary practices left over from the era of absolute state sovereignty still give property rights to whoever can exert coercive control over a population. This ...

Gas flares, Nigeria. Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelling_e/229048139/">Ellie Sandercock</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">CC</a>).

FEB 1, 2008 Article

The Resource Curse: Property Rights and the Resource Curse (Part 1)

Because of a major flaw in the international trade system, consumers in rich countries unknowingly buy stolen goods every day. The raw materials used to ...

AUG 2, 2005 Article

Accountability in International Development Aid

Wenar examines the concept of accountability,&nbsp;surveying the general state of&nbsp;it in development agencies. He proposes&nbsp;greater accountability in international development,&...