• 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

Past media events

Professor Igor Primoratz

Ethical Issues in Security and State Sovereignty

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Igor Primoratz writes on moral, political and legal philosophy. In his current research he focuses in particular on the ethics of war, where he works within the just war tradition, and on terrorism, which he considers “almost absolutely” wrong. Another central research interest at present is patriotism: How does it differ from nationalism? What are its main varieties? What are their moral credentials? He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Fields of special interest

  • Philosophy of punishment
  • Philosophy of sex
  • Patriotism and nationalism
  • The ethics of war
  • Terrorism



Primoratz, I. Terrorism: A Philosophical Investigation, Cambridge: Polity Press (forthcoming).

Primorac, I. 2006. Etika na djelu. Ogledi iz primijenjene etike [Ethics at Work: Essays in Applied Ethics, in Croatian], Zagreb: KruZak.
Primorac, I. 2001. Filozofija na djelu. Rasprave i ogledi iz praktične filozofije [Philosophy at Work: Studies and Essays in Practical Philosophy, in Croatian], Zagreb: Croatian Philosophical Society.
Primoratz, I. 1999. Ethics and Sex , London and New York: Routledge.
Primoratz, I. 1997. Justifying Legal Punishment, 2nd edn., Atlantic Highlands and London: Humanity Books