Expert panel to discuss the ethics of war

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Is war a vital evil in the protection of human rights? Should scientists take responsibility for the weapons they create that enable grand scale destruction? What role does politics play and who really benefits from conflict?

Join the heated debate, led by guest speaker Dr John Forge, as a diverse expert panel discusses the ethics of war at Australian Catholic University’s inaugural ACU Voice public speaker event. 

Keynote speaker

Dr John Forge, winner of the 2010 ACU Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics, argues that scientists carry a moral obligation for the sometimes destructive consequences of their research – a topic he examines in his latest book The Responsible Scientist: A Philosophical Inquiry

After being educated in England and the United States, Dr Forge came to Australia in 1979 to develop a teaching career in 1974. He has taught in the departments of History and Philosophy of Science/Science and Technology Studies and is an Honourary Associate at Sydney University. 

The former editor of Metascience and winner of the 2009 David Harold Tribe Philosophy Award, Dr Forge’s most current research is concerned with examining the conditions under which is it is acceptable for scientists to engage in weapons and war research. 

Expert panel

Joining Dr John Forge on the expert panel will be:
  • Father Frank Brennan AO, Professor of Law at ACU’s Public Policy Institute
  • Claire Mallinson, National Director of Amnesty International Australia
  • Professor Tony Coady, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne 


Thursday 20th October
6pm drinks for 6.30pm start; concludes 8pm


The Australian Museum Theatrette
6 College Street, Sydney
Entry via William Street Reception


By Friday 14th October to or phone 07 3623 7498 


To find out more, email or phone 02 9739 2221 

ACU Voice is a free public speaker series that examines a range of topical issues through a guest lecture and expert panel discussion format. Held quarterly, the series is designed to encourage public debate: with the audience invited to engage the expert panel in the form of a Q&A session. 

There will be time for audience members to engage in a Q&A session with the panel. To submit your questions before the event contact us on Twitter using @ACUVoice or #ACUVoice or email