• CSU
  • 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. 

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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

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Dr Anna Corbo Crehan

Criminal Justice Ethics
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BA(Hons), PhD


Anna Corbo Crehan is Lecturer in Policing Studies at Charles Sturt University’s School of Policing Studies in Goulburn, NSW. She teaches on various topics in police and professional ethics, and supervises doctoral students across a range of policing-related topics and international policing contexts. Anna is the Deputy Presiding Officer of the CSU Human Research Ethics Committee, and Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics.

Fields of special interest

  • Police ethics
  • Teaching of Professional and Police Ethics
  • Community Policing
  • Indigenous rights and historical injustice
  • Compensatory justice

Selected Publications

Policing Students’ Understanding of Obedience to Authority’ [with John Nixon and Ken Wooden], Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice (2012, volume 6, Number 4, pp. 335–343).

‘”For when equality is given to unequals, the result is inequality”: The Socio-Legal Ethics of Vulnerable People’ (with Bartkowiak-Théron). Ch. 3 in The Vulnerabilities of Policing (Bartkowiak-Théron & Asquith, Eds.), Federation Press (2012).

‘Ethics in Policing’.  Ch. 8 in Policing in Practice (Birch and Herrington, Eds), Palgrave Macmillan 2011.

‘Of the Changing Nature of Communities: Implications for Police and Community Policing’ [with I. Bartkowiak-Théron], commissioned chapter in J. Putt (Ed.), Australian Institute Criminology Research and Public Policy Series 111 Community policing in Australia (pp. 9-15) (2010).

‘A new movement in community policing? From community policing to vulnerable people policing’ [with I. Bartkowiak-Théron], commissioned chapter in J. Putt (Ed.), Australian Institute Criminology Research and Public Policy Series 111 Community policing in Australia (pp. 17-23) (2010).

‘"Appropriate" police discretion and Indigenous over-representation in the Criminal Justice System’, submitted to Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, vol. 11, nos. 1 & 2 (2010)

‘Cynicism and emerging professionals: a cross disciplinary panel discussion’ [with A. Kelly, J. Coyle, H. Latham], submitted to Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics , vol. 11, nos. 1 & 2 (2010)

‘Getting people together: leadership for change as an occupation professionalises’ [with C. Layton & M. Campbell] in Changing university learning and teaching: engaging and mobilising leadership, quality and technology, J. McConachie, M. Singh, P.A. Danaher, F. Nouwens, & G. Danaher, (eds.), Central Queensland University (2008)

‘Understanding and Managing Professional Distance in Policing’ in The Handbook of Police Administration, James Ruiz and Don Hummer (eds.), Taylor and Francis, New York (2008)

‘Turning Mirrors into Windows: Developing Ethics Subjects to Foster Responsible And Professional Police’ [with M. Campbell], Papers of the 14th Annual Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics Conference, 27-29 June 2007 (Published in CD format, ISBN:  978-0-9751547-2-4).


Book Chapters

‘Understanding and Managing Professional Distance in Policing’ in The Handbook of Police Administration, James Ruiz (ed.), Taylor and Francis, New York (forthcoming)
‘When Should Pastoralists and Aborigines Share Land?, in What’s at Issue Now?, Megan Laverty (ed.), OUP (2000)
‘Land Rights after Mabo – Legal Entitlement or Compensation?’ in What’s in an Issue? – Perspectives on Contemporary Australian Concerns, Megan Laverty (ed.), OUP (1997).