Professor Michael J. Selgelid

Director, Centre for Human Bioethics

Professor Michael Selgelid is Director of  Monash University’s  Centre for Human Bioethics and the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics therein–and he is an Adjunct Professor in the  School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine.

He holds additional appointments as Monash-Warwick Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK); Academic Visitor in the School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University (Canberra); and Honorary Lecturer in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health, at the University of Sydney.

He is a member of  the Board of Directors of the International Association of Bioethics and member  of the Scientific Committee of the Brocher Foundation in Hermance (Geneva), Switzerland.  He serves on the Ethics Review Board of, and has been involved in an Ethics Consultation Project with, Médecins Sans Frontières.  He is a member of  the General Ethical Issues Sub-committee of the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee (in Melbourne).

His main research focus  is public health ethics—with emphasis on ethical issues associated with biotechnology and infectious disease. He has well over 100 publications in bioethics. He co-authored Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences (Springer 2008) and co-edited On The Dual Uses of Science and Ethics:  Principles, Practices, and Prospects (ANE E Press 2013);  Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Ashgate 2012); Emergency Ethics (Ashgate 2012); Infectious Disease Ethics (Springer 2011); Health Rights (Ashgate 2010); and Ethics and Infectious Disease (Blackwell, 2006).

He edits a book series in Public Health Ethics Analysis for Springer and a book series in Practical Ethics and Public Policy for ANU E Press. He is Co-Editor of Monash Bioethics Review and an Associate Editor of Journal of Medical Ethics.

Michael earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University; and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Philip Kitcher.


  •   “Ebola and the Ethics Question” Brad Collis Monash Magazine February 2015 Read article Read more
  • On The Dual Uses of Science and Ethics:  Principles, Practices, and Prospects.  Co-edited by Brian Rappert and Michael J. Selgelid.  Canberra:  ANU E Press, 2013. This volume is open access, freely available online here. Read more
  • A.M. Viens and Michael J. Selgelid (eds.)  Emergency Ethics.  Volume I of The Library of Essays on Emergency Ethics, Law and Policy.  Farnham, UK:  Ashgate, 2012.   For more details see:   Download flier     Read more
  • Christian Enemark and Michael J. Selgelid (eds.)  Ethics and Security Aspects of Infectious Disease Control:  Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  Co-edited by Farnham, UK:  Ashgate, 2012.   Reviews:  ‘An excellent composition of scholarly analysis and reflection. It helps to clarify the concepts, arguments and further needs for research, education and policy development in a contested area of Public Health. It is ... Read more
  •   Michael J. Selgelid, Angela McLean, Nimalan Arinaminpathy, and Julian Savulescu (eds.)  Infectious Disease Ethics:  Limiting Liberty in Contexts of Contagion.  Dordrecht, NE:  Springer, 2011.  For more details see: Download flier Read more
  •     Health Rights.  Co-edited  by Michael J. Selgelid and  Thomas Pogge.  Farnham, UK:  Ashgate, 2010.  For more details see: Download flier Read more
  •   Seumas Miller and Michael J. Selgelid.  Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences.   Dordrecht, NE: Springer, 2008.  For more details see:   Read review Download flier Read more
  •   Michael J. Selgelid, Margaret P. Battin, and Charles B. Smith (eds.) Ethics and Infectious Disease.    Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2006.  For more details see:,subjectCd-PL20.html Read review Read more
  • 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 Read more