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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


The Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics

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Current Issue

Volume 14, No 2 2013
Selected papers from the inaugural conference of the Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN), 12-14 December 2013, Melbourne


Conceptual Equivalence and Practical Divergence: The Deterrent Value of Ministerial responsibility and Command Responsibility: Carmel O'Sullivan and Mark Lauchs

Spirituality in the Workplace: A Solution to Ethical Problems?: Ruth Walker and Alastair S. Gunn

The 'Market Rate' Justification for CEO Pay: Scott Elaurant and Julian Lamont

The Ethics of Earnings Management: Moral Intensity and Decision Making: Jeanette Ng, Gregory P. White and Alina Lee

Ecology and Peace: Activist Work for Global Health: Jane Duran


Back Issues

Volume 14 No 1 2012


Volume 13 No 1 2011 

Volume 13 No 2 2011

Volume 12, 1 &2 2010


ajpae 10-1_2 Volume 10 No 1 & 2 2008

ajpae 9-2 Volume 11 No 1 &2 2009

ajpae 9-1 Volume 9 No 1 2007

ajpae 9-2 Volume 9 No 2 2007

ajpae 8-1 Volume 8 No 1 2006

ajpae 8-2 Volume 8 No 2 2006

ajpae 7-1 Volume 7 No 1 2005

ajpae 7-2 Volume 7 No 2 2005

ajpae 6-1 Volume 6 No 1 2004

ajpae 6-2 Volume 6 No 2 2004

ajpae 5-1 Volume 5 No 1 2003

ajpae 5-2 Volume 5 No 2 2003

ajpae 4-1 Volume 4 No 1 2002

ajpae 4-2 Volume 4 No 2 2002

ajpae 3-1 Volume 3 No 1 2001

ajpae 3-2 Volume 3 No 2 2001

ajpae 2-1 Volume 2 No 1 2000

ajpae 2-2 Volume 2 No 2 2000

ajpae 1-1 Volume 1 No 1 1999

ajpae 1-2 Volume 1 No 2 1999

Editorial Board

Managing Editor

Anna Corbo Crehan Charles Sturt University

Editorial Committee

Andrew Alexandra University of Melbourne, Charles Sturt University
Anna Corbo Crehan Charles Sturt University
Igor Primoratz Charles Sturt University

Associate Editors

C.A.J. Coady University of Melbourne
Stephen Cohen University of New South Wales
Seumas Miller Charles Sturt University
John Weckert Charles Sturt University
On-line Editor: Michael Collingridge Charles Sturt University

Editorial Board

John Alderson
Warwick Blood University of Canberra
John Boatright Loyola University of Chicago
Wendy Bowles Charles Sturt University
Terrell Ward Bynum Southern Connecticut State University
Margaret Coady University of Melbourne
Fred D'Agostino University of New England
Michael Davis Illinios Institute of Technology
James Griffin University of Oxford
Ravindra Jain Jawaharlal Nehru University
John Kleinig John Jay College, Charles Sturt University
Colonel Charles R. Myers US Air Force Academy
Denise Myerson University of Cape Town
Noel Preston Queensland University of Technology
Tom Regan University of North Carolina
Sam Ricketson Monash University
Alper Riza Queen's Counsel, London
Simon Rogerson De Montfort University
Charles Sampford Griffith University
Henry Shue Cornell University
Zhang Xiaoming Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences

Information for Authors

Submission of a manuscript is understood to imply that

  • the paper is original
  • it has not already been published in whole or in substantial part elsewhere
  • it is not currently under consideration by any other journal
  • the publication of the paper in the journal would not infringe the copyright or other rights of any other person(s)
  • to the best of the author(s)'s knowledge, the paper does not contain any scandalous, libelous, obscene, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable material
  • the author(s) will agree to the publication of the paper in the journal if the paper is accepted for publication in the journal and
  • the paper is available for publication in the journal free of charge.

Two copies of the manuscript must be supplied.

Submissions must be in English, and must be typewritten or printed, double-spaced, using one side of the page.

Articles are normally not more than 6000 words in length.

Papers submitted for publication in the journal will be blind refereed. In order to facilitate double-blind refereeing, the author(s)'s name(s) should not be shown on the manuscript, and all identifying references to the author(s)'s own work(s) should be masked or omitted.

Please note that the editors will communicate only with the 'first author' of a paper. In the case of co-authored papers it will be the responsibility of the 'first author' to pass on to the co-author(s) communications from the editors.

Manuscripts should conform to journal style. When a paper has been accepted, author(s) will be required to ensure that it conforms to journal style, and to supply an electronic version.

Journal Style & Editorial Policies

The Oxford English Dictionary is the journal's standard for spelling.

Substantial quotations should be indented without quotation marks. Other quotations should be enclosed by single quotation marks. Double quotation marks should be used only as innermost quotation marks within single quotation marks, or where necessary to ensure fidelity to another's work.

Published works referred to in the text should be in parentheses containing author, date (and page number(s) if necessary).

From (and including) Volume 12, all in-text references and the Reference List should follow the APA (American Psychological Association) style of referencing.

The journal will publish original papers of high quality in any area of professional and applied ethics. It will also publish discussions and case studies. Reviews of important recent books in professional and applied ethics and book notes will also be published. Under the guidance of the Editorial Board a small number of critical notices will be commissioned each year.


All submissions and correspondence concerning submissions should be addressed to:

The Managing Editor
School of Policing Studies
Charles Sturt University
Locked Bag 2005
Goulburn NSW 2580


All other communications can be directed to:

Centre Manager
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics
LPO Box 8260
Canberra ACT 2601