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  • University of Melbourne


Technologies Program:

This program deals with risks and responsibilities relating to research into technologies that combine with or add to existing technologies, including ethical issues in bio/nanotechnology, computing and IT.

Health Program:

This program will conduct research in relation to a range of interconnected ethical issues in the public health domain.

Ecology Program:

This program examines a range of issues in environmental ethics, including ethical issues related to existing and potential anthropogenic climate change.

Economy Program:

This program focuses on a number of central ethical issues arising in the economic sphere, including corporate responsibility and economic corruption.

Security Program:

This program focuses on the ethical dimensions of a range of current domestic and international security problems, including ethical issues pertaining to terrorism, crime, and humanitarian intervention.


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Dr Michael Selgelid

Ethical Issues in Biotechnology

Justice and the Human Good
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Michael Selgelid earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. He is a Senior Research Fellow at CAPPE at the Australian National University, where he is also Head of the WHO Collaborating Center for Bioethics and Deputy Director of the National Centre for Biosecurity. He was previously the Sesquicentenary Lecturer in Bioethics in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the law in Medicine (VELIM) and the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney, where he coordinated the proposal and development of a successful new Postgraduate Program in Bioethics. He also held previous appointments in the Department of Philosophy and the Bioethics Division (School of Clinical Medicine) at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Fields of special interest

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Professional and Applied Ethics
  • Science and Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Ethics and Infectious Disease
  • Ethics and Genetics
  • Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
  • The Dual-Use Dilemma
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Health Care in Developing Countries
  • Tuberculosis
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ethics



Neugenics: Genetically-Informed Reproductive Decision Making. (Manuscript/proposal under review.)

Ethics of Dual Use Science and Technology. Co-authored with Seumas Miller. Work in progress; under contract. 2008.

Health Rights . Edited by Michael J. Selgelid and Thomas Pogge. Forthcoming, Ashgate, 2008. ISBN 0 7546 2794 2. Work in progress; under contract.

Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences. Co-authored with Seumas Miller. Dordrecht, NE, Springer, 2008. For review see here:

Ethics and Infectious Disease. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2006. Edited by Michael J. Selgelid, Margaret P. Battin, and Charles B. Smith. See

Policing Virtue? Proceedings of the 7th Annual Seminar of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. Sydney: VELIM ; 2004, 98pp. ISBN 1 84687 716. Edited by Chris Jordens, Ian Kerridge, and Michael J. Selgelid.

Societal Decision Making and the New Eugenics. In the Grey Series of the European Academy (Europaische Akademie) for the Study of Consequences of Scientific and Technological Advance, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH, Germany, Nr. 30, March 2002, 62 pp., available (free) at