Conference on Fair Trade & Exploitation
Friday, May 13, 2011
Many companies sell goods that are produced by persons living in poverty and purchased by consumers who would still find these goods worth purchasing even at substantially higher prices. Are the people producing these goods exploited? Are companies ever morally obligated to use supply chains in which persons receive “fair wages” for their labor and “fair prices” for goods? Are consumers ever morally obligated to make their purchases from companies whose suppliers are paid fair wages and prices? What counts as a fair wage or price? And how do institutions fit into the picture?
Join us for a discussion of these and related issues.
While registration for this conference is not required, it is requested. Please take a moment to fill out this on-line survey to help us anticipate catering / room needs:
A downloadable copy of our conference flyer can be found here.
In each of the first three sessions, we will focus on the work of one author. To allow more time for questions and discussion, presentations will be brief. Papers will be available in advance on this website (see below).
These sessions will meet in the Parrington Forum (309).
9:00 – 10:45 AJ Julius (UCLA) “Exploitation and the Possibility of Exchange”; commentator: Matt Zwolinski, via Skype (University of San Diego)
Professor Julius's paper can be found here.
11:00 – 12:45 Aaron James (UC Irvine) “The Benchmark of Equality”; commentator: Helena de Bres (Wellesley)
Professor James's paper can be found here.
1:45 – 3:30 Richard Miller (Cornell) “What Is a Just World Trade Regime?: The Model of Responsible Deliberation"; commentator: Brad McHose (UW)
Professor Miller's paper can be found here.
In the final session, there will be a panel presentation of (1) some of the main moral questions regarding fair trade, and (2) some of our visiting authors’ thoughts on these questions. The content of this session will overlap substantially with that of the previous sessions. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.
The final session will meet in the Walker-Ames Room in Kane Hall.
4:00 – 6:30 What are fair terms of trade?
Brief reception to follow.