Scholarship & Research


The Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion supports research that critically examines significant instances of immoral behavior, misconduct, and discrimination within organizations for the purpose of producing tangible steps that organizations can take to prevent similar future behavior. The program brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to analyze incidents of organizational misconduct and to develop strategies and solutions aimed at encouraging the creation of ethical, compliant, and inclusive workplace environments. By capitalizing on the expertise of scholars from diverse fields, the root cause of organizational misconduct will be more fully investigated and assessed, which will, hopefully, allow for the development of more effective recommendations and strategies for reform.

PECI Fellows

The Ethics of Goverment Service - Call for Papers

PECI and the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy (JLEPP) will, with the support of the Robert & Marion Short Scholar Endowment, co-sponsor a symposium on The Ethics of Government Service to be held on Friday, February 12, 2021. We hope to have a mix of contributions from both legal academics and practitioners with significant government experience. Each participant will be responsible for submitting an 8,000 to 10,000 word essay (inclusive of footnotes). Paper topics might, but are not required, to address the following themes: the ethics of recusal; conflicts of interest; ethics & leadership, whistleblower protections, and prosecutorial ethics. Please view our flyer for more information.

Academic Roundtables

A key part of the Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion are academic roundtables. These roundtables allows scholars from across the nation to come together to discuss issues related to inclusion, compliance, and ethics. Each roundtable focuses on a particular theme. Thus, each year brings together a new set of scholars to begin or continue scholarly conversations with one another. These roundtables are also open to interested students.

Speaker Series

The Program on Ethics, Compliance & Inclusion hosts a lunchtime speaker series for students to hear from academics and practitioners working in the areas of inclusion, compliance, and ethics. The lunchtime series enables students to learn about compliance while connecting with University of Notre Dame alumni and others working in the areas of inclusion, compliance, and ethics.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

The Program on Ethics, Compliance, & Inclusion oversees the Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics writing competition sponsored by Notre Dame Law School.  Any current student at an American or Canadian law school may submit an essay (minimum of ten pages and maximum of fifty pages) on any legal ethics topic.  Through the generosity of the Smith-Doheny family, each year an annual prize of $2,500 is awarded to the best essay.  Please see for more information. The 2021 award winners have been announced. A full list of past winners is also available here.