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  • University of Melbourne

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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.


2015 Annual Report [.pdf]

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. 

Contact CAPPE for more information.


Professor Seumas Miller

Institutional Corruption and The Capital Markets  More

Fixing the Fix - Benchmark Reform and the Future of Financial Regulation  More

Designing-in-Ethics: A Compulsary Retirement Savings System  More

Dr Stephen Clarke

On Religious Violence, ABC Western Plains 'Mornings', radio interview  More

Past media events



Canberra Seminars


Wednesday November 26, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Tamara Kayali Browne  (The Australian University)
Selecting embryos for non-medical reasons: are we already on a “slippery slope”? 


Wednesday November 05, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Jane Johnson (Macquarie University)
The problem of conflicts of interest in surgery 


Wednesday October 29, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Steve Clarke (CAPPE, Charles Sturt University)
Opposition to Cognitive Enhancement, Status Quo Bias and the Reversal Tests


Wednesday October 15, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Sagar Sanyal (CAPPE, The University of Melbourne)
Justice in international political economy


Wednesday September 17, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Sarah Sorial (University of Wollongong)
The legitimacy of anger in the public sphere  


Wednesday September 03, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Greg Bognar (La Trobe University)
Fairness and the Puzzle of Disability  


Wednesday August 13, 2014 5.15pm 

Dr Gerhard Øverland (University of Oslo/CAPPE)

Two Constraints: One Rationale  


Wednesday August 06, 2014 5.15pm  (Ground Floor Seminar room)

Professor John Broome (University of Oxford)

Climate change: life and death  


Thursday July 24, 2014 2.30pm  (Ground Floor Seminar room)

Professor Cecile Fabre (University of Oxford)

Punishing war crimes  


Thursday July 17, 2014 5.15pm Wagga Wagga Campus

Prof Steven Vanderheiden (CAPPE/University of Colorado)

The Obligation to Know: Information and the Burdens of Citizenship

Location: Marchant Hall (Bldg 26), Main campus, CSU, Wagga Wagga.


Thursday June 5, 2014 5.15pm Wagga Wagga Campus

Dr. Robert Simpson (Monash University)

Intrinsically valuing the extrinsically valuable  


Wednesday June 11, 2014 5.15pm

Dr. George Tsai (University of Hawaii/The Australian National University)

State expression, political symbols, and legitimacy  


Thursday May 15, 2014 5.15pm Wagga Wagga Campus

Dr. Alberto Giubilini (Charles Sturt University)

Intuitions, emotions, and reasons: What is it to be rational in bioethics? The case of the enhancement debate  


Thursday May 07, 2014 5.15pm

Prof. Seumas Miller (Charles Sturt University)

Joint Epistemic Action and Collective Moral Responsibility

Thursday May 01, 2014 5.15pm

Dr Daniel Halliday (University of Melbourne)

Egalitarianism and Consumption Tax

Wednesday April 02, 2014 5.15pm

Dr Thomas Dougherty (University of Sydney)

Imagining the Possibilities: The Moral Psychology of Informed Consent

Tuesday March 18, 2014 5.15pm

Dr Rebecca Roache (Oxford)

Psychiatry’s Problem with Reductionism

Wednesday March 5, 2014 2.30 – 4.00pm, and 4.30 - 6.00 pm.

Prof. Julian Savulescu (Oxford)

On the moral obligation of parents to have the best child

Mr Chris Gyngell (ANU)

On government/state obligations in respect of regulating access to enhancement technologies


Thursday February 20  5:15 pm, Wagga Wagga Campus

Prof. Ingmar Persson (Oxford & Gothenburg)

Moral Responsibility without Causation


(This seminar will also be available by video link at CAPPE’s Canberra offices, 10 Brisbane Avenue, Barton 2600, for those who’d like to participate from here.)

Melbourne Seminars


Wednesday October 29, 2014 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Dr Julian Koplin (Monash University)



Wednesday October 20, 2014 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Dr Emma Rush (Charles Sturt University)



Wednesday October 01, 2014 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher (Murdoch University)

Collective beneficence in threshold cases


Wednesday September 24, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Dr Steve Clarke (CAPPE, Charles Sturt University)

Explaining away the conviction that human enhancement is morally wrong: status quo bias and the affect


Wednesday September 17, 2014 2.15pm

Lachlan De Crespigny



Wednesday September 10, 2014 2.15pm

Will Isdale

Ethics and the supply of human organs: three proposals


Wednesday September 3, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Dr Alberto Giubilini (CAPPE, Charles Sturt University)

The Artificial Ideal Observer


Wednesday August 27, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Sebastian Schneider 

Rethinking the Concept of War for the Twenty-First Century


Wednesday August 20, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Andrew Watkins (Mercy Hospital Melbourne)

Perinatal palliative care/Cross cultural decision making/ relational autonomy/EOL care in NICU


Wednesday August 13, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Chaim Gans (Tel Aviv University)

Jewish and Democratic: Three Zionisms and Post- Zionism


Wednesday August 06, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Peter Singer (Princeton University and University of Melbourne)

Objectivity in Ethics: From Hume to Effective Altruism


Thursday July 31, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Jeff McMahan (Rutgers)

Proportionality, and the Number of Aggressors


Monday July 28, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Cecile Fabre (University of Oxford)

Punishing for War Crimes - the Problem of Ordinary Agents


Wednesday May 28, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Francesca Minerva (The University of Melbourne)

Could cryonics become an alternative to abortion? Future technologies as a solution to old moral impasses


Wednesday May 21, 2014 2.15pm

Mr Adam Ford

Transhumanism: Opportunities, Risks & Ethical Challenges


Wednesday May 14, 2014 2.15pm

Professor Robert Audi (University of Notre Dam)

The New Intuitionism: Metaethical Foundations of Common-Sense Morality


Wednesday May 14, 2014

Professor Justin Oakley (Monash University)

Virtue ethics, direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising, and doctor-patient relationships


Wednesday May 07, 2014

Mike Robillard  (Connecticut University)

On the Moral Exploitation of Soldiers


Wednesday April 30, 2014 2.15pm

Prof Vera Bergelson (Rutgers University),

The meaning of Consent


Wednesday April 24, 2014 2.15pm

Dr George Tsai (The Australian National University)

Friendship and religious accommodation, conscientious objection


Wednesday April 16, 2014 2.15pm

Emeritus Prof Robert Cummins  (Deakin University)

Understanding happiness: An advance on the Ancient Greeks


Wednesday April 09, 2014 2.15pm

Prof Suzanne Uniakce  (Charles Sturt University)

Criminalising Unknown Defence


Wednesday April 02, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Daniel Halliday  (The University of Melbourne)

Inherited Wealth and Egalitarian Justice


Wednesday March 26, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Robert Simpson  (Monash University)

Offence, free speech and the moral limits of the criminal law


Wednesday March 19, 2014 2.15pm

Dr Rebecca Roache (Oxford University)

Cyborg justice: punishment in the age of transformative technology


Wednesday March 12, 2014 2.15pm

Prof Julian Savulescu (Oxford University)

The Ethics of enhancing prospective children


Wednesday March 05, 2014 2.15pm

Prof Michael Selgelid (Monash University)

Public Health Surveillance (Versus Research) Ethics


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