Case Download – When in Rome


This case focuses on adult audiences in business law, international law and ethics courses. The case is best introduced in the middle of a teaching term after general legal and ethical concepts have been discussed. This is a good example of introducing a real-world business event and legal and ethical issues with which students may find themselves confronted during their lives and business careers.




On a business trip to the Philippines, Ben was invited by his Asian business associates to an evening of entertainment, including something “typically Asian”. After dinner, the men ended up in a brothel. Unbeknownst to Ben, the purpose of the visit was an evening of karaoke singing. It was also clear that “other services” were included at each participant’s own discretion. The students should assess Ben’s situation and decisions from legal, ethical and business perspectives.

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