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  • University of Melbourne


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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    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


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    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

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    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.


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    The Managing Editor
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