Dr Michelle Worthington

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Lecturer, ANU College of Law

Significant research publications

Michelle Worthington and Peta Spender, 'Constructing Legal Personhood: Corporate Law's Legacy' Griffith Law Review (forthcoming)

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

The Responsible Shareholder
A new book by Emeritus Professor Stephen Bottomley FAAL calls for shareholders to be made more legally and morally accountable in companies' decision-making structures.
Japanese students and scholars on the roof of Australia's Parliament House
Aoyama Gakuin and Ritsumeikan Universities
ANU College of Law

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

In the Media

Michelle Worthington interviewed by The Canberra Classroom podcast

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.


  • 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

Conference papers & presentations



Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2022 LAWS2203
Class #2196
Corporations Law
2022 LAWS6203
Class #2632
Corporations Law
2022 LAWS6101
Class #5611
Foundations of Australian Law
2022 LAWS1201
Class #5249
Foundations of Australian Law

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2021 LAWS1201
Class #5269
Foundations of Australian Law
2021 LAWS6101
Class #5704
Foundations of Australian Law
2021 LAWS6203
Class #2710
Corporations Law
2021 LAWS2203
Class #2213
Corporations Law

Past courses

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

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