Dr Michelle Worthington

Lecturer
BA/LLB (ANU), LLM (ANU), PhD (ANU)
+61 2 6125 1071
Room 7.2.10

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Lecturer, ANU College of Law

Significant research publications

MM Worthington, 'The Corporation as a Constructed Ethical Agent: Monism, Pluralism and Options for Reform' (2017) 32(2) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 91

Recent news

14
Feb
2019
Japanese students and scholars on the roof of Australia's Parliament House
Aoyama Gakuin and Ritsumeikan Universities
19
Dec
2012
ANU College of Law

Eight ANU College of Law staff members were awarded for their excellent contribution to teaching in 2012.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

My work centres on the design of ethics and the ethics of design. In my current research I am focussed on the ethics of the for-profit corporation. I argue that the for-profit corporation exhibits a constructed ethical agency - that it is the device itself, rather than the humans associated with it, that drives corporate decision making. Using insights gleaned from ethical theory, I suggest a range of design modifications aimed at promoting more richly responsible decision making on the part of the corporation.

Grants

  • ANU Fund (2017-2018), Law for Humans, 'Developing Your Essay Writing Practice', with Ms Justine Poon also of ANU College of Law

Consultancies

  • Law for Humans - a student wellbeing and educational initiative established in 2016 and run as a collaboration with Ms Justine Poon, also of ANU College of Law

Refereed journal articles

MM Worthington, 'The Corporation as a Constructed Ethical Agent: Monism, Pluralism and Options for Reform' (2017) 32(2) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 91

Conference papers & presentations

  • ‘‘Unincorporated Body: Inanimate Soul!’: Value Pluralism and Corporate Moral Agency’, 2013 Corporate Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, ANU College of Law, Canberra
  • ‘Don't be Evil: Value Pluralism and Corporate Ethical Agency’, 2014 International Graduate Legal Research Conference, King’s College, London
  • ‘The Personal and the Parabolic: W H Auden on Law and Love’, 2014 Law and Love Colloquium, ANU Humanities Research Centre, Canberra
  • ‘The Pluralist Corporation’, 2016 Demos Journal ‘Master Class’ Series, ACT Housing Co-op, Canberra
  • ‘Developing Your Essay Writing Practice’, 2016 Law for Humans Development Series (Two Part Course), ANU (sponsored by the ANU Students' Association)
  • ‘Law’s Robots: Value Pluralism and Corporate Ethical Agency’, 2016 Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, Melbourne University Law School, Melbourne
  • ‘Corporate Ethical Agency: Agility Through Uncertainty’, 2017 Corporate Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, Griffith University, Gold Coast

 

Government submissions

  • Submission with Mr Daniel Connolly, Inquiry into the Preparation, Administration and Management of the 2016 Census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Senate Economics References Committee

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS2203
Class #2252
Corporations Law
2019 LAWS6203
Class #3376
Corporations Law
2019 LAWS6203
Class #4395
Corporations Law

Past courses

  • Torts Law
  • Lawyers, Justice and Ethics
  • Foundations of Australian Law
  • Corporations Law

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