Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2004 (Revised June 2008)

Debating the Expropriation of Mexican Oil

by Geoffrey G. Jones and R. Daniel Wadhwani


In 1938, the Mexican government expropriated the assets of foreign oil companies. Explores the legal and moral arguments in favor of and against expropriation.

Keywords: Ethics; Globalized Firms and Management; Government and Politics; Business History; Lawfulness; Business and Government Relations; Energy Industry; Mexico;


Jones, Geoffrey G., and R. Daniel Wadhwani. "Debating the Expropriation of Mexican Oil." Harvard Business School Case 805-011, August 2004. (Revised June 2008.)