Advancing applied ethics and political philosophy through theory and engagement

CEP Mission

The Center for Ethics and Policy is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to advancing applied ethics and political philosophy through the integration of first-quality theoretical reflection and a discerning engagement with the practical settings in which important ethical issues arise. Its members include internationally recognized scholars and practitioners drawn from a diverse range of units across Carnegie Mellon University.


Upcoming Events

Christine Grady Colloquium
Hammerschlag Hall B103
February 1, 2016 3:30-5:00pm
Reception: Doherty Hall 4301

Anita Allen Colloquium
Doherty Hall Room 1212
March 28, 2016, 3:30-5:20pm
Reception: Doherty Hall 4301

Ruth Macklin Talk: Cross-border Surrogacy: Exploitation of Women or Employment Opportunity?
Margaret Morrison 103
April 18, 2016, 4:30-6:00pm

Research Areas

Ethics in Biomedicine and Scientific Research

Professional Ethics & Corporate Responsibility

Environmental Ethics

International Development & Global Justice

Democracy, Legitimacy & Good Governance


Center News & Awards

Alex John London spoke at the FDA public workshop Clinical Trial Designs for Emerging Infectious Diseases on a panel entitled "Clinical Trial Designs for Preventive Interventions (Vaccines)" in Bethesda Maryland on November 10, 2015.

Alex John London gave the opening Keynote lecture at the 15th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance in Prague, Czech Republic on Oct 27, 2015 entitled, "Beyond Protection: The Integrity of Science as a Fundamental Ethical Concern"

Robert Cavalier received a CMU Metro21 Grant for Enhanced Public Engagement. He will be working with the City of Pittsburgh, Economic Development South and CMU’s Remaking Cities Institute to design and implement “Community Deliberative Forums.”



CEP co-sponsors international workshop on "Ethics of Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster DNA Identification."

CEP members receive $1.2 million NIH grant to develop ethics and policy recomendations for post-conflict and post-disaster DNA identification practices.

Robert Cavalier wins 2010 World Technology Award in the category of Ethics.

CEP's Program for Deliberative Democracy receives a 2010 grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation to run a Deliberative Poll in conjunction with the Foundation's Local Government Improvement Plan.