The Global Ethics of Helping and Harming

Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 36, Number 4, 2014

31 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2016 Last revised: 21 Apr 2018

Date Written: November 1, 2014

Abstract

This article addresses two issues. First, it critiques a prominent position regarding how affluent states should balance their national interest on the one hand and their duty to aid developing states on the other. Second, it suggests that absent a principled way to balance national interest with international aid, a state’s more immediate concern is to comply with its negative duty to not harm other states. To support this position, the article constructs a conception of harm that may be applied to questions regarding a state’s negative duties, focusing upon the example of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS).

Keywords: Human Rights, TRIPS

Suggested Citation

Hunt, Luke William, The Global Ethics of Helping and Harming (November 1, 2014). Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 36, Number 4, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2739419

Luke William Hunt (Contact Author)

University of Alabama ( email )

College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Philosophy
Tuscaloosa, AL
United States

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