Carson Young Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Title: Putting the Law in its Place: Political Obligation in Business Ethics Abstract: This paper focuses on widespread assumptions in business ethics and CSR about political obligation (i.e. one's moral duty to obey the law). The law is often treated as a starting point in business ethics and CSR scholarship. Whatever the full extent of an agent's moral obligations, she is, absent exceptional circumstances, at least required to obey the law. In this paper, I argue that the widely-accepted assumption that there is a moral obligation to obey actually existing laws does not always hold. To make my argument concrete, I consider the ride share company Uber's decision to operate in Philadelphia in violation of a local taxi regulation. I then discuss the Uber case through the lens of the three most prominent theories from political philosophy that defend strong views of political obligation. I show that even according to these theories, Uber does not have a moral obligation to obey the Philadelphia taxi regulation. If my argument is successful, it should cause business ethics and CSR scholars to reconsider whether the moral duty to obey the law is as ubiquitous as they often assume.