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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.

Poverty Program:

This program focuses on building an ethically and empirically based account of what development is, what standards it ought to use, and the like. Issues addressed include the measurement of poverty and global minimal labour standards.

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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23-24 November 2015

The Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (University of Oxford) and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University) will host a conference on conscientious objection in medicine and the role of conscience in healthcare practitioners' decision making.

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23-24 November 2015

The Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (University of Oxford) and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University) will host a conference on conscientious objection in medicine and the role of conscience in healthcare practitioners' decision making.

The conference aims at analyzing from a philosophical, ethical and legal perspective the meaning and the role of "conscience" in the healthcare profession. Conscientious objection by health professionals has become one of the most pressing problems in healthcare ethics. Health professionals are often required to perform activities that conflict with their own moral or religious beliefs (for example abortion). Their refusal can make it difficult for patients to have access to services they have a right to and, more in general, can create conflicts in the doctor-patient relationship. The widening of the medical options available today or in the near future is likely to sharpen these conflicts. The conference will see the participation of experts in bioethics, philosophy, law and medicine, who will explore the topic of conscientious objection in its different dimensions, and will try to suggest solutions.

Participation is free, but registration is required (seats are limited). To register, please follow this link and select this event.

The conference is supported by the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP 150102068). We are grateful to the Oxford Martin School for providing the venue for the conference.

Organizers: Julian Savulescu (University of Oxford) and Alberto Giubilini
(Charles Sturt University), Steve Clarke (Charles Sturt University)


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Seminars are held at CAPPE (Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics) Level 1, 10-12 Brisbane Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600. Please contact Dr Mary Walker 02 6272 6277 for more details.

(These seminars will also be available by video link to Wagga Wagga campus , room 212, Marchant Hall for those who would like to participate from there.)



The Centre presents regular seminars at The University of Melbourne. Seminars will normally be held 11 am to 12.30 pm, in the Old Quad, room 142A on Wednesdays. Please contact Dr Francesca Minerva 03 8344 9551 for more details.

Wagga Wagga

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences together with CAPPE present regular seminars on the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University. These are held on Thursday at 5:15 pm in Room 212, Marchant Hall unless otherwise stated.


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Enquiries to Dr Daniel Cohen or 02 6933-2565 or

Dr Emma Rush or 02 6933-2777







Previous and Upcoming seminars in Canberra 2015


Wednesday May 06, 2015 5.15pm

Professor Suzy Killmister (University of Connecticut)

'Two Concepts of Dignity?'


Thursday April 30, 2015 5.15pm - 7pm and

Friday May 01, 2015 11.00am - 1.00pm
Professor John Broome (Oxford)

Speaking on themes from his recent book, Rationality Through Reasoning
Please note that these 2 seminars are at CSU, Wagga Wagga campus, room 212 Marchant Hall (26)


Wednesday April 29, 2015 5.15pm 
Dr Kylie Bourne (CAPPE)
'The culpability of spectators in crowds’


Wednesday April 15, 2015 5.15pm 
Professor John Kleinig (CAPPE/CUNY)
'Trust and critical thinking’ 


Monday March 30, 2015 5.15pm 
Dr Theron Pummer (Oxford/St Andrews)
'Whether and where to give’’ 


Wednesday March 18, 2015 5.15pm 
Dr Mary Walker (CAPPE, Macquarie University)
'How can we define ‘disease’? '


Thursday March 12, 2015 5.15pm 
Dr Stephen Clarke (CAPPE)
'Status Quo Bias and the Reversal Tests’ 

Please note that this seminar is in Wagga, room 212 Marchant Hall


Tuesday March 3, 2015 5.15pm 
Dr Sadjad Soltanzadeh (CSU) and Dr Mitchell Mooney (AIS)
'Was there a miracle in Miracle?: Theorizing about team performance'

Previous and Upcoming seminars in Melbourne 2015


Monday May 11, 2015 11.00am to 12.30pm 
Dr Alberto Giubilini (CAPPE Charles Sturt University) and Dr Francesca Minerva (CAPPE, The University of Melbourne)
'Enhancing Equality'


Monday May 04, 2015 11.00am to 12.30pm 
Stephen Clarke (CAPPE Charles Sturt University)
'Are Conservatives Risk Averse?'


Monday April 27, 2015 11.00am to 12.30pm 
Dr Robbie Arrell (Monash University)
'The Puzzle of Partiality? '


Monday March 23, 2015 11.00am to 12.30pm 
Professor Bertrand Gullarme (Universite' de Paris VIII)
Towards procreative justice? 





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Cyberwarfare, Ethics, and International Humanitarian Law

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Geneva, Switzerland
21-22 May 2014

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