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Economics and Innovation

The program focuses on central ethical issues arising in the economic sphere. These include the justice of national and global economic arrangements, such as taxation, fiscal, labour and property law, and financial and trading regimes. Specific areas include markets in education and the economics of climate change. The program also examines corporate responsibilities in the spheres of finance, profitability, sustainability and human rights, and distributive justice. It aims to make a major contribution to the ethical understanding of innovation and technology. Program members realize that technical, scientific, legal and social science expertise is vital, and work with practitioners in the relevant professions.


Research in this program examines a range of issues that arise from the nature and value of the natural, and also the artificial environment, and our relationship with them. These include issues of justice and responsibility in relation to possession of, access to, and exploitation of land, water, and other (renewable and non-renewable) natural resources, ethical issues in climate change mitigation and adaptation, including those involving geo-engineering, and the human role in the anthropocene. 


This program addresses issues in bioethics, healthcare ethics, and public health ethics. This includes conceptual work on the ethics of procreation, the ethics of providing medical treatment to vulnerable groups such as children, dual use issues in the biological sciences, and the distinction between medical treatment and human enhancement. It also includes work on practical ethical issues arising in healthcare, including moral and regulatory challenges of experimental therapies, difficulties facing medical research ethics committees, and the problem of determining when conscientious objections are legitimate in healthcare.


This program addresses a variety of conceptual and practical ethical issues that are generated for the most part by the phenomena of war, humanitarian intervention, terrorism, crime and corruption. These include the nature and application of Just War Theory, morality and self-defense, principles of criminal liability, justification for police use of force, ethics of counter-terrorism tactics, anti-corruption systems and ethical issues in cyber-security.


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CAPPE Events

Seminar 28th September

Norvo Lo - La Trobe University

This paper discusses social attitudes towards feeding neighbourhood wild birds. It connects different and often opposing attitudes on the issue to three schools of philosophy regarding animals and nature. These include animal liberation ethics, wilderness preservation ethics,and anthropocentrism. 

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Conferences and Workshops


Conscience and Conscientious Objection in Healthcare

23-24 November 2015

The Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (University of Oxford) and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University) will host a conference on conscientious objection in medicine and the role of conscience in healthcare practitioners' decision making.  The conference aims at analyzing from a philosophical, ethical and legal perspective the meaning and the role of "conscience" in the healthcare profession. Conscientious objection by health professionals has become one of the most pressing problems in healthcare ethics. Health professionals are often required to perform activities that conflict with their own moral or religious beliefs (for example abortion). Their refusal can make it difficult for patients to have access to services they have a right to and, more in general, can create conflicts in the doctor-patient relationship. The widening of the medical options available today or in the near future is likely to sharpen these conflicts. The conference will see the participation of experts in bioethics, philosophy, law and medicine, who will explore the topic of conscientious objection in its different dimensions, and will try to suggest solutions.

The conference is supported by the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP 150102068). We are grateful to the Oxford Martin School for providing the venue for the conference.

Organizers: Julian Savulescu (University of Oxford) and Alberto Giubilini
(Charles Sturt University), Steve Clarke (Charles Sturt University)
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Symposium in memory of Gerhard Øverland (1964-2014)

CAPPE, Charles Sturt University, Brisbane Avenue, Canberra campus, 20th March, 2015 More




Conferences and Workshops


Workshop: Who is Responsible for Climate Change?

CAPPE, Charles Sturt University, Brisbane Avenue, Canberra campus, 5/6th September, 2014

While the ethics of climate change is well-worked territory, notions of responsibility and crucial questions about responsibility are often taken for granted and philosophers seldom train the spotlight on the conceptual complexity of responsibility itself in this context. This workshop explored whether in critically addressing a range of questions about responsibility for anthropogenic climate change we are required to challenge prevailing philosophical conceptions of responsibility as well as widely held assumptions about the conditions under which we are responsible for what we do or for what we do not prevent.
The workshop included talks from Christian Barry (ANU), Garrett Cullity (University of Adelaide), Robyn Eckersley (University of Melbourne), Jeremy Moss (University of Melbourne), Tim Mulgan (University of Auckland), Ingmar Persson (Gothenburg University/Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics), Janna Thompson (La Trobe University), and Steve Vanderheiden (University of Colorado (Boulder)/CAPPE).
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Workshop: The Procreation Asymmetry

Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga campus, 26th July, 2014

This workshop focused on evaluating the prospects of vindicating an intuitive ‘procreation asymmetry’: that we are obligated not to create miserable children, but have no obligation to create happy children. Commonsense suggests that procreation is permissible only if it will give rise to the existence of a being with a life worth living. A child, for instance, whose entire life will be filled with pain should not be brought into existence. However, it seems that procreation is almost never required. For instance, a couple may choose not to have children even if they are confident that their children would lead very happy lives. Despite the plausibility of these two common-sense claims, it turns out to be very hard to reconcile them.

The workshop included talks from Jeff McMahan (Rutgers), one of the world’s leading thinkers on procreation ethics, Daniel Halliday (University of Melbourne/CAPPE), Daniel Cohen (Charles Sturt University/CAPPE), Robyn Kath (University of Sydney), and Luara Ferracioli (University of Amsterdam). Click Here for more information

Symposium: The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

Parliament House, Canberra, 25th February, 2014

This Symposium was part of a project on the political approach to human rights. The symposium focused on discussion of the past, present, and future work of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, in the light of the hopes and fears that have been expressed concerning the distinctive human rights legislative framework established by the Parliament of Australia. It brought together members of the Committee, and others involved in humans rights matters, with leading academics who have taken a particular interest in the Australian human rights framework.
The symposium included presentations by Senator Dean Smith, Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee; Professor Janet Hiebert, one of the world’s leading scholars of comparative human rights institutions; Professor David Kinley, Professor of Human Rights at the University of Sydney; Dr Helen Watchirs, OAM, ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner; Professor Simon Rice, OAM, ANU College of Law and Chair of the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council; and Professor Tom Campbell of CAPPE.



Conferences and Workshops


Workshop on Philosophical Issues of Trust in Practice and Theory

G16 (Jim Potter Room), Old Physics Building, University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Parkville. (November 28th, 2013 10:30am-6:30pm)


Prof. Suzanne Uniacke, Director, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University.

Prof. Tony Coady, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne.

Dr. Karen Jones, Philosophy, University of Melbourne.

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The second Cyber Security mini-symposium 2013

Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga Campus. September 6,7

The second Cyber Security mini-symposium 2013 was held between the 5th and the 6th of September 2013 at the new connected learning space in the Wagga Wagga Campus. The event was organised by Dr Yeslam Al-Saggaf from the School of Computing and Mathematics together with Professor John Weckert of CAPPE. The activity was a collaboration between the Cyber Security Group within the School of Computing and Mathematics at CSU and CAPPE and aimed at raising the awareness of the Cyber Security Group members about the ethical issues in cyber security. The first keynote speech was given by Professor Keith Miller from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and addressed the ethical issues in cyber security. Professor Miller also facilitated a scenario based activity in which the group members deliberated on possible solutions to the ethical dilemma that the scenario raised. The second keynote speech was given by Professor Craig Valli from Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute and revolved around building a successful academic career in cyber security. The outcome of this event was the formation of a partnership between the Cyber Security Group and Security Research Institute in a current Security Research Institute project.

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The Ethics of Cybersecurity

Joint CAPPE-NSC Workshop

05 August to 06 August 2013
Old Canberra House, The Australian National University

Cybersecurity is an increasingly prominent feature in national and international security, and threatens civilian and military interests. An effective response to emerging threats to cybersecurity, however, requires a comprehensive understanding of the problem and its potential solutions. This workshop, co-hosted by CAPPE and the NSC aims to promote discussion about key ethical issues emerging with regard to cybersecurity.

Workshop keynote speakers are:

George Lucas Jnr, Professor of Ethics and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, California) and Distinguished Chair of Ethics, VADM James Stockdale Center, US Naval Academy

Don Howard, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Director, Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, University of Notre Dame

Panayotis “Pano” A. Yannakogeorgos, Research Professor of Cyber Policy and Global Affairs, Air Force Research Institute (US)

This workshop will include discussions from a range of academics and practitioners on the topics ethics of cyberwarfare; cybercrime; and cybersecurity regulation and responses to cyberthreats, with papers covering:
• Cyberwarfare and just war theory
• The politics and ethics of specific emerging threats to cybersecurity
• The emergence of global cyberterrorism
• Cybercrime and its interface with traditional models of crime
• Tools for mapping the conceptual terrain in cybersecurity
• The ethical and philosophical considerations of regulating cyberspace and responding to cyberthreats


George Lucas Jnr, Professor of Ethics and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, California) and Distinguished Chair of Ethics, VADM James Stockdale Center, US Naval Academy

Don Howard, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Director, Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, University of Notre Dame

Panayotis “Pano” A. Yannakogeorgos, Research Professor of Cyber Policy and Global Affairs, Air Force Research Institute (U.S.)




Conferences and Workshops


Technology and the Ethics of Warfare

The Pavilion, Charles Sturt University Barton Campus. (June 14th, 2012 9:00am-5:00pm)

Participants include: Mr. Andrew Alexandra - Associate Director, CAPPE, University of Melbourne, Mr. Adam Henschke - Researcher/PhD Candidate, CAPPE, Charles Sturt University; Assoc. Prof. Rob Sparrow - Monash University; Mr. Jai Galliot - PhD Candidate, Macquarie University; Dr. Stephen Coleman - University of NSW@ADFA; Assoc. Prof. Fritz Allhoff - Western Michigan University and CAPPE, Charles Sturt University; Assoc. Prof. Patrick Lin - University of California Polytechnic and CAPPE, Charles Sturt University; Mr. Shannon Ford - PhD Candidate, CAPPE, Charles Sturt University; Assoc. Prof. Grant Wardlaw - Centre of Excellence, Policing and Security, the Australian National University; Mr. Chris Holloway - Vice Chief of Defence Force Group, Dept of Defence; Mr. Andrew Arnold - Defence, Science and Technology Organisation, Dept of Defence

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Conferences and Workshops


Human Rights: Old Dichotomies Revisited

November 25-26, 2011
Sydney Law School, Australia

The conference will bring together the leading international and Australian scholars in jurisprudence and in international human-rights law to reflect upon the traditional, 'classical' dilemmas and taxonomies in the philosophy of human rights, in the light of recent developments in theories of rights and in the international law of human rights.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Tom Campbell, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE).Professor Leslie Green, Oxford University. Professor David Kinley, University of Sydney. Professor Susan Marks, London School of Economics. Professor Thomas Pogge, Yale University and CAPPE. Professor Jeremy Waldron, New York University & Oxford University. Professor Neil Walker, University of Edinburgh. Click Here for more information


Ethics in Financial Transactions & Society: The Way Forward

September 17 and 18, 2011
University of Melbourne

This is the fourth in a series of conference on ethics-based financial transactions. The scope of the conference is wide, including Islamic/Jewish/Christian financial ethics; prudential regulations and ethics; law and ethics; business ethics; investor protection; etc.
Participants include: Mohamed Ariff, Professor of Finance, Bond University, Abdullah Saeed Professor & Director, National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne; Andrew Alexandra, Director CAPPE, University of Melbourne; Constant Mews, Professor of Religion, Monash University; Charles Sampford, Director, Key Centre for Ethics, Justice and Governance, Griffith University.
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Designing Just Institutions for Global Climate Governance

30 June to 1 July 2011
The Australian National University

The Cancún Agreements reached at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference may have restored some confidence in the potential of multilateral climate negotiations, but fundamental questions remain about how an effective and fair global architecture can be established to address climate change over the longer term. Major ethical concerns include: how to bridge divergent views among developed and developing countries of what constitutes a fair or just distribution of climate-related responsibilities and entitlements; and the fairness or otherwise of various options for the form of a future governance architecture (whether based around a ‘top-down’ multilateral treaty or a more ‘bottom-up’ approach relying on unilateral or more loosely coordinated actions). The workshop aims to promote dialogue among researchers and practitioners engaging with climate ethics and policy in order to identify equitable and workable approaches for designing institutions for global climate governance.

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Impact: Global Poverty Academics Stand Against Poverty UK Launch Meeting

May 23, 2011
University of Birmingham

This meeting marks the launch of the ASAP network in the UK. It will be co-hosted by Thomas Pogge, who has been at the centre of ASAP development efforts in the United States and elsewhere. Confirmed participants include such leading scholars of global justice, ethics, and development economics as Simon Caney, Kalypso Nicolaidis, Sonia Bhalotra, Suzanne Uniacke, Christien Van Den Anker, Thom Brooks, Elizabeth Ashford, Paul Jackson, Heather Widdows, Tom Sorell, and others.
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Measuring Poverty and Gender Disparity Conference

Hedley Bull Centre 1 (Bldg #130) ANU
0900-1300, March 21, 2011

The ANU is currently involved in a three-year, multi-country, interdisciplinary effort, financed by the Australian Research Council and project partners, to design and test measures of poverty and gender disparity that will improve on existing indices. In March, academics, staff from partner organisations and field researchers will be in Canberra to share findings from the first fieldwork phase of the project, which seeks to elicit the views of poor men and women on poverty and its gendered dimensions. The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, the new Gender Institute and the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Economics and Government will co-host a half-day forum to enable the wider academic, policy and NGO community to hear from and talk with the research team about how gender shapes poverty, with particular reference to field contexts in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and why this matters for development policy. Time for questions is built into every session. An informal lunch will provide an opportunity for further discussion with field researchers and project team members.

Full program available Here. Please RSVP by 16 March to for more information



Conferences and Workshops


Fifth Annual New Horizons in Political Philosophy Conference

December 9-10, 2010
ANU, Canberra, Australia

New Horizons is an annual postgraduate conference intended to bring together postgraduate students from across Australasia to present and discuss new ideas in political theory and philosophy. Over the past 5 years, the conference has attracted students from Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland. We hope to continue and expand on this geographic diversity while attracting postgraduate students from fields such as philosophy, political science, international relations, law, etc. to create a community of young scholars working in areas relevant to political theory and philosophy.

Keynote Speakers: Professor Tom Campbell, Director of Charles Sturt University Division of CAPPE and CAPPE Convenor. He specializes in the areas of Philosophy of Law, Justice, Rights, Business and Professional Ethics and Adam Smith. Click Here for more information

Conference presented by the:Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, ANU and CSU


Violence, War & Terrorism: Ethical, Legal & Political Perspectives PROTECTING CIVILIANS DURING VIOLENT CONFLICT

25 – 26 August 2010
Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Rd, The Australian National
University, Canberra

Speakers include (international & Australian) academics, serving military staff and representatives from NGOs. Click Here for more information

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F: +61 (0)2 6125 0103
Conference presented by the: Australian Centre for Military Law, ANU; Humanities & Social Sciences, UNSW at ADFA; Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics, ANU


Ethics, Jus Post Bellum, and International Law Workshop (23 – 24 August)

CAPPE Canberra Workshop: Ethics, Jus Post Bellum, and International Law. Held in Room 1.04 Coombs Extension, ANU Campus. More

Loyalty in Criminal Justice Workshop (4th February)

CAPPE ANU Workshop:Loyalty in Criminal Justice. Held in the Arts Meeting Room, Haydon Allen Building. More


Promoting Dual Use Ethics(28th-29th January)

'Inaugural Event of the Newly Designated WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National University'.

28-29 January 2010. Common Room, University House at The Australian National University. Co-organized by Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), the National Centre for Biosecurity, and University of Exeter as part of a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Enhancement project on “Building a Sustainable Capacity in Dual Use Bioethics”.

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Public Lectures
ANU Public Lecture (4th August)

The return of Dr Strangelove: Prof Clive Hamilton Held Finkel Lecture Theatre, at the John Curtin School of Medical. More


Book Launch (29th March)

Monday 29th of March 12:30-2:00pm

The ANU Climate change Institute & the Centre for Applied Philosophy & Public Ethics Present within the ANU Public Lecture Series 2010 the Book Launch 'Requiem for a Species – Why we resist the truth about climate change' authored by Clive Hamilton.



CAPPE 10 Anniversary

On Wednesday 16th December 2009 the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics celebrated its 10th anniversary. The celebration took place at University House, in The Australian National University

Before the official opening of the event the graduate students presented their posters in the Hall Foyer. The posters showed in a condensed but imaginative way the different research topics that students are undertaking.

Poster Alejandra        Poster Laura       Poster Pablo     Poster JonathanH

Poster Ned        Poster Luara       Poster Luara      Poster Luara          


The opening of the event started with Professor Tom Campbell, Director of CAPPE CSU, offering a warm welcome to all attendees and introducing the guest speakers of the first session Public Ethics.

Professor Margaret Sheil, FRACI C Chem, CEO Australian Research Council was the first one to talk in this session, stressing how well CAPPE has been doing throughout its 10 years and the great outcomes CAPPE has achieved regarding the quality of the research it undertakes. The second speaker was the Hon. Michael Kirby who talked about a charter of rights for Australia. During the Q&A session, Kirby approached the public (literally leaving the podium) in order to discuss with the audience their views on such an interesting topic. Finally Professor The Hon Kim Beazley AC, who is about to take the position as ambassador to the US, talked about the importance of ethics in politics.

The second session Institutionalising Ethics was chaired by Mr. Andrew Alexandra (CAPPE, University of Melbourne), who introduced the two speakers of this session. The first speaker was Professor Seumas Miller (CSU and ANU) who talked on Integrity Systems. The second speaker was Dr. Rob Floyd, from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, who talked about the ethical dilemmas that science and security bring to the fore , acknowledging the consultancy work done by CAPPE on this matter for the Department of Prime Minister.

The third session was on the Health Impact Fund and was chaired by Tony Cody (CAPPE, University of Melbourne). The first speaker was Professor Thomas Pogge (CAPPE, ANU) who talked about ethics and incentives regarding the health impact fund. The second speaker was Professor Judith Whitworth (AC, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU) who talked about the potential the health impact fund could have for public health.

The event closed with a dinner for all CAPPE members and special guests. Jeanette Kennett, a former Principal Research Fellow of CAPPE, who talked about the role of women in CAPPE; the second speech of the night, was carried out by the Deputy Vice-chancellor Ross Chambers, who is also a member of the Board of the Special Research Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and talked about the beginning of CAPPE

The day was a celebration for the first ten years of CAPPE, a celebration for the different features that make CAPPE not only the largest concentration of applied philosophers in the world but a unique centre in professional and applied ethics. As Seumas Miller the Foundation Director of CAPPE says—“it is pleasing to see over time that CAPPE has built important research relationships with business industry and government both in Australia and overseas”. Or as Jonathan Herington a PhD student working on infectious disease emergencies and security also highlights –“CAPPE brings the best in academic philosophy and ethics and brings that to the public sphere”.

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Conferences and Workshops


Patriotism: For and Against (8th December)

To be held on Tuesday, 8 December 2009, 9:00 to 12:30, in the Arts Meeting Room, Haydon-Allen Building, Australian National University, Canberra.

It is not open to the general public; those interested in attending should contact Igor Primoratz at The papers to be discussed will be distributed in advance by e-mail.

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Converging Technologies: Some Pressing Ethical Issues (22nd July)

To be held in the Arts Meeting Room on the Ground Level in the Haydon-Allen Building, ANU. 

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Click here for the abstracts.

Click here for Greg Tegart's presentation.

Click here for Alfred Nordmann's presentation.

Click here for Michael Selgelid's presentation.

Click here for Hans J. Griesser's presentation.

Click here for Chennupati Jagadish's presentation.

Click here for Astrid E. Schwarz's presentation.


Australian Association of Professional and Applied Ethics National Conference 2009 - Professions in the Community (9th - 11th June)

The 16th annual AAPAE conference, held at Best Western Centretown, Goulburn, NSW, will commence on Tuesday the 9th of June and will finish on Thursday the 11th of June. 

The due date for submission (of both refereed and non-refereed papers) is the 15th of May. Non-refereed papers require only the submission of an abstract rather than a completed paper.

Accepted refereed track papers will be placed on the conference CD. Non-refereed track papers can be revised post-conference and submitted for the peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings (to be published in the Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics).

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Conference: Smith in Glasgow '09 (31st March - 2nd April 2009)

This conference celebrates the 250th anniversary of Adam Smith's influential book The Theory of Moral Sentiments and will centre around four themes: (1) Scotland and the enlightenment (2) Culture, literature and the arts (3) Philosophy and (4) The social sciences.

Prof. Tom Campbell will be speaking on Smith and Moral Philosophy.

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Conference: Future of Financial Regulation (30th - 31st of March)

This confernence is hosted by the University of Glasgow Law School and concerns the regulatory implications of the credit crisis.

Christian Barry, Prof. Seumas Miller, Prof. Justin O'Brien and Prof. Thomas Pogge will all be taking part in this conference.

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Workshop: Rescuing Human Rights (20th - 21st of March)

This Workshop is hosted by the School of Law, King's College London and the Charles Sturt University branch of CAPPE.

Prof. Tom Campbell will be speaking on Summation and Publication Plans.

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The freedom paradox. Towards a post-secular ethics - Professor Clive Hamilton

5 August 2008, Co-op Bookshop, Union Court, Australian National University.

Launched by Justice Michael Kirby. Click to download an flyer

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Criminal Justice Ethics Workshop: Criminalization

On Thursday 3 July 2008, CAPPE Canberra sponsored a half-day workshop that centred around Professor Douglas Husak's recently published Overcriminalization: The Limits of the Criminal Law (OUP, 2008), and coincided with his visit to CAPPE. Husak (Philosophy, Rutgers University) argues that justifiable criminalization requires the satisfaction of a set of several internal and external constraints, viz.

    (1) nontrivial harm or evil;
    (2) wrongfulness;
    (3) desert;
    (4) burden of proof

    (5) substantial governmental interest;
    (6) directly advances the government's objective;
    (7) no more extensive than necessary;

Three paper assessing different aspects of Husak's work were presented:
Dr. Robert Young (La Trobe University): "Douglas Husak and the malum prohibitum Offence of Money Laundering
Professor Heidi M. Hurd (University of Illinois Law School): "Paternalism on pain of Punishment"
Professor Michael S. Moore (University of Illinois Law School): "A Tale of Two Theories"

Douglas Husak responded to each of the papers prior to a fruitful general discussion among the 25-30 participants. The papers will be revised and, along with additional papers by Victor Tadro (Warwick) and A.P. Simester (Singapore/Cambridge), will be published in a symposium, along with a formal response by Husak in Criminal Justice Ethics in 2009. Subsequent to his CAPPE Canberra visit, Husak visited CAPPE Melbourne.

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(left to right) Professor John Kleinig (CAPPE), Professor Douglas Husak (Rutgers), Professor Michael S. Moore (Illinois), Professor Tom Campbell (Director - CAPPE), Dr. Robert Young (La Trobe), Professor Heidi M. Hurd (Illinois)


Saskia Hufnagel (PhD student, Law, ANU), Professor Tom Campbell (Director - CAPPE)


Professor Douglas Husak (Rutgers)


(left to right) Professor John Kleinig (CAPPE), Professor Douglas Husak (Rutgers), Professor Michael S. Moore (Illinois), Professor Tom Campbell (Director - CAPPE), Dr. Robert Young (La Trobe), Professor Heidi M. Hurd (Illinois)


Morality and Political Violence

Organized by Professor C.A.J. Tony Cody

Innovations Building, The Australian National University, 5 May 2008

Launched by Professor Hugh White - Head of Strategic & Defence Studies, The Australian National University. More about the launch

Hugh White, 'Realism & the Value of Peace', Lecture given at the launch of Tony Coady's Morality and Political Violence, 5 May 2008

Tony Coady discusses 'Morality and Political Violence' - The Philosopher's Zone 24 April 2008 (MP3 - Right Click 'Save Target As')

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ET GOVICT2008 - A Conference on the Ethical Governance of ICT and the Role of Professional Bodies

University House, Australian National University, 1-2 May 2008. This conference has been supported by The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, The Australian Computer Society, ARC Governance Research Network, The Australian National University, Charles Sturt University and UNESCO. Program Speakers



Private Equity, Securitisation and Corporate Governance Roundtable

Freehills Moot Court, College of Law, ANU, Wednesday, 12th of  December. Download Flyer Download MP3


Negotiating the Sacred IV: Toleration, Education and the Curriculum

1-2 September 2007, Research School for the Humanities, Australian National University. This conference has been supported by the ANU Research School for the Humanities, the Freilich Foundation, GovNet (an Australian Research Council Research Network) and CAPPE (an ARC funded Special Research Centre). More


The Governance of Science and Technology

A Joint GovNet/CAPPE/UNESCO Conference, 9-10th August 2007 at the Australian National University.
The Governance of Science & Technology


The Dynamics of Capital Market Governance: Evaluating the Conflicting and Conflating Roles of Compliance, Regulation, Ethics and Accountability

An ESRC/GovNet Sponsored Workshop, Australian National University
14-15 March 2007. More Audio Dowload





In collaboration with University of Melbourne Philosophy Department and the Castan Centre at Monash University,

4 September 2008, 4:15 pm in the Moot Court Room, South West Corner of the Old (Law) Quad, University of Melbourne, Professor Marilyn Friedman (CAPPE/Washington, St Louis): Understanding as a Requirement for Blaming

4 September 2008, 6pm at the Castan Centre, 472 Bourke Street, Professor Larry May (CAPPE/Washington, St Louis): Habeas Corpus, Procedural Rights and Fundamental Law



Ethical Questions for NGOs Involved In International Relief and Development

A GovNet/CAPPE sponsored Workshop 18-20 July 2007, University of Melbourne.
NGOs Workshop Announcement





Addiction, Identity & Responsibility: Perspectives from Neuroscience, Social Science, Philosophy and Law (20th October 2009)

To be held at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Macquarie University
Amphitheatre Room 103
99 Talavera Road, North Ryde, Sydney

This is a free and open event, however registrations will be strictly limited to 50. To guarantee a seat please RSVP to Dr Craig Fry by 18 September 2009.

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National Centre for Biosecurity: Signing Ceremony

On 2 September 2008, the National Centre for Biosecurity (NCB) officially became a joint-enterprise between the Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Sydney. This important event was inaugurated by the signing of an agreement between the two universities by Professor Ian Chubb, Vice Chancellor of ANU, and Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

CAPPE's Dr. Michael Selgelid is a founding member of the NCB and will serve as Deputy Director of the ANU node of the Centre; Professor Seumas Miller is on the NCB advisory board.

The signing ceremony will be followed by the launch of a book, Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences authored by Miller and Selgelid. Professor Miller will be available at the ceremony to provide some comments on the book and to sign copies. He will be introduced by Professor Merlin Crossley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney.

Date: Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Time: 3 - 5pm
Venue: Sutherland Room, Holme Building, University of Sydney (Main Campus)

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Some information on the National Centre for Biosecurity and this new collaboration is below:

The new NCB’s chief aim is to facilitate greater academic and policy engagement with biosecurity challenges facing Australia and its region. Biosecurity, as the NCB defines it, is concerned with infectious disease threats to human and animal health, encompassing:

  • biological weapons threats
  • naturally-occurring disease outbreak disasters
  • safety and security of laboratory research on pathogenic micro-organisms
  • the relationship between infectious disease patterns, public health capacity, state functioning and violent conflict.

NCB deals with biosecurity problems of great importance to Australia and our regional neighbours. East Asia is a flashpoint for disease emergencies and Australia plays a critical role as a repository of technical knowledge and expertise. The NCB enhances this capacity by dealing specifically with biosecurity issues of importance to the region (e.g. Avian influenza, SARS).

The NCB will focus on the research and policy questions of relevance to business and government. An important aspect of our mission is engaging with policymakers and the wider community, including business leaders, in helping them to understand emerging infectious disease threats and other biosecurity concerns.

The NCB is unique within the region. No other program which deals with the security implications of infectious disease in such an interdisciplinary fashion exists within the region. The NCB is the first of its kind, and seeks to explore regional issues that European and US-based biosecurity research has so far ignored.

The NCB includes a wide range of expertise across a diverse set of faculties from both universities. Faculty members with strong research programs provide input from the disciplines of business, veterinary science, law, epidemiology, ethics, public health, international politics, and microbiology. The program is truly interdisciplinary in its mission and in its approach to solving biosecurity challenges.

The collaborative nature of the NCB allows it to bring to bear the broadest and deepest pool of expertise to regional biosecurity problems. Both the Australian National University and the University of Sydney have complementary strengths in areas such as veterinary health, epidemiology, microbiology, international politics and ethics; combined expertise which is essential to solving complex biosecurity problems.

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When the Music Stops: Private Equity, Securitisation and the Future of Capital Markets

University of Sydney Law School, Friday, 14th of  December. More


Moral Cognition and Meta-Ethics Conference

31st August - 2nd September 2007 in Sydney, Australia. More


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