In Personal Performance Codes, One Size Doesn't Fit All: Clarifying the Professional and Ethical Responsibilities of Decision Makers

W. Michael Reisman, Yale Law School


Though the responsibilities of decision makers are often described, analysed and evaluated by observers of decision, professional and ethical guidance crafted specifically for those making decisions is less common. In this article, building on Lasswell and McDougal's jurisprudence, many of the factors shaping conduct and performance are delineated. These include the roles decision makers play and their intellectual procedures. Responsible decision makers are encouraged to reflect on these factors and develop personal performance codes that are compatible with human dignity.