Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Donald O. Mayer

First Page



This Article examines the role of multinational corporations in creating global peace. Part I discusses the role of multinational corporations in the global economy, emphasizing the relationship between multinational corporations, governments, and the environment. Part II explores whether corporations have a moral duty to oppose ill-conceived laws and policy proposals and to support well-conceived laws that encourage efficiency and sustainability, but may hinder short-term profitability. Part III expands and further explores the argument set forth in Part II by examining the continuing dependency of the United States and other industrialized democracies on oil from the Middle East. Part IV concludes the Article by noting that multinational corporations have both the power and responsibility to create products and services that materially enhance human well-being by preserving the natural environment.