Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 149–152 | Cite as

Infectious Disease Ethics: Limiting Liberty in Contexts of Contagion

  • Michael J. Selgelid
  • Angela R. McLean
  • Nimalan Arinaminpathy
  • Julian Savulescu



Michael Selgelid thanks the Brocher Foundation in Hermance (Geneva), Switzerland, for hosting him as a visiting researcher in 2009 (during the period when the majority of the editorial work on this volume took place) and in 2007 (when the majority of the organisation for the relevant conference at Oxford took place).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Selgelid
    • 1
  • Angela R. McLean
    • 2
  • Nimalan Arinaminpathy
    • 2
  • Julian Savulescu
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE)The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  3. 3.Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical EthicsOxfordUK

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