• CSU
  • 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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CAPPE Events

Upcoming Workshop on Friday 2 September 2016: Conscience and Conscientious Objection

This workshop is aimed at understanding the role of “conscience” in the healthcare profession, from philosophical, bioethical and historical perspectives. Conscientious objection by healthcare professionals has become one of the most pressing issues in healthcare ethics. Healthcare professionals are sometimes called on to perform activities that can conflict with their own moral or religious beliefs. Their refusal can make it difficult for patients to access medical services and can damage relationships between patients and healthcare professionals.

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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

Dr Ned Dobos

Business and Professional Ethics

Political Violence and State Sovereignty
Telephone +61 (02) 6268-6273
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Ned Dobos is Senior Lecturer in Ethics at UNSW Canberra, and an Adjunct Fellow with the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a Senior Global Justice Fellow at the MacMillan Centre for International Studies at Yale. Dr. Dobos specialises in the ethics of war and political violence, with particular interests in armed humanitarian intervention, pacifism, and soldier-state relations. He is the author of Insurrection and Intervention: the Two Faces of Sovereignty (Cambridge University Press 2012), and The New Pacifism: Just War in the Real World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Dobos also works in business ethics and corporate social responsibility. After the credit-crunch of 2008 he co-edited Global Financial Crisis: the Ethical Issues (Palgrave). Dr. Dobos is currently Assistant Regional Director of the International Society for Military Ethics, Asia-Pacific Division.

  Fields of special interest

    -          Just war theory
    -          Humanitarian intervention
    -          Pacifism
    -          Corporate social responsibility
    -          Ethics in personnel selection
    -          Workplace relations