Edmond J. Safra Research Lab Joins Law Research Centers Papers
We are pleased to announce Edmond J. Safra Research Lab has started a Law Research Centers Papers series within the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN).
EDMOND J. SAFRA RESEARCH LAB, WORKING PAPER SERIES
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The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics seeks to advance teaching and research on ethical issues in public life. We began in 1986 with a conviction and a problem. The conviction was that reflection on the moral assumptions and foundations of practical affairs is both intellectually worthwhile and socially valuable. Philosophy in this broad sense, we thought, could contribute to identifying and understanding the ethical issues in public life, including those in the professions. The problem was that few philosophers knew enough about professional life, and few professionals enough about philosophy, to teach and write effectively on ethical issues in professional and public life more generally. For more than two decades, under the leadership of Dennis F. Thompson, the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy, the Center made significant strides in breaking down these barriers through its rich offers of fellowships, public lectures, workshops and conferences.
In 2009, with a mandate to expand the scope of the Center's mission and work, current director Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, launched the Edmond J. Safra Research Lab, a major initiative designed to address fundamental problems of ethics in a way that is of practical benefit to institutions of government and society around the world. In pursuit of this goal, and to strengthen and expand the mission generally, the Center welcomes scholars and researchers from a wide range of disciplines across academia, industry, and government. As its first undertaking, the Lab is tackling the problem of institutional corruption.
Institutional corruption: the consequence of an influence within an economy of influence that illegitimately weakens the effectiveness of an institution, especially by weakening the public trust of the institution.