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Professional Ethics: Challenges and Crises, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Elizabeth Ellis
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Tax Avoidance


O’Neill, Martin. "The social injustice of corporate tax avoidance."  Tax Justice Focus  5.2 (2009): 1-2.  URL=

McGee, Robert W. "Ethical issues in transfer pricing." Manchester Journal of International Economic Law ISSN: 1742-3945 7 (2010): 24.  PAGES 31-41 ONLY.

Caroline Biebuyck, “ICAEW Steps up to the Plate on Tax Avoidance”, Economia, 7 December 2016, URL =

Robert Maas, “The public interest in relation to professional bodies’ powers”, Taxation. ISSN: 0040-0149, 21 February 2017. 


Dembinski, Paul H. "Ethical aspects of transfer pricing." Finance & Bien Commun 1 (2006): 78-89. Available online 

Dietsch, Peter. "Asking the Fox to Guard the Henhouse: The Tax Planning Industry and Corporate Social Responsibility." (2011). Available from:

Mitchell, Daniel and Alaghebandian, Hiwa. "The moral and philosophical case for tax avoidance."  Tax Justice Focus   5.2 (2009): 6-7. URL= 

Nagel, Thomas, and Liam Murphy.  The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice. Oxford Scholarship Online, 2002.

Ostas, Daniel T. "Ethics of Tax Interpretation." Journal of business ethics. ISSN: 0167-4544 (2018): 1-12.

Prebble, Zoë M., and John Prebble. "The morality of tax avoidance.",  Creighton Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 693-745, 2010

You should read all of sections 3,4, 5, 6, 7, and the conclusion, but you need only read parts 1F, 1G, 2A, 2B, 2J-T from the first two sections.

Tim Bennett, "Why does Starbucks Pay so Little Tax", MoneyWeek Investment Tutorial.  URL = v=Th4fxMFRIt0

Sikka, Prem, and Hugh Willmott. "The tax avoidance industry: accountancy firms on the make." Critical perspectives on international business ISSN: 1742-2043 9.4 (2013): 415-443.


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Privacy and the Media


Archard, David. "Privacy, the public interest and a prurient public”. in Media Ethics, ed. Matthew Kieran, 82–96. (1998).

BBC, "Cliff Richard Wins BBC Privacy Case at High Court", 18th July 2018.  URL =

Freddy Mayhew, "Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick drone chaos could have strong privacy claim against newspapers in wake of Sir Cliff ruling", Press Gazette, 2nd January 2019.  URL =

Robin Callender Smith, "Cliff Richard Judgement a new shift in legal balance between free speach and privacy", The Conversation, 19th July 2018.  URL =

"How to Argue about Ethics" - Word Doc in 'Learning Resources'. 


DeCew, Judith, "Privacy", Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Spring 2015 Edition), Edward N. Zalta(ed.), URL =

Lawlor, R. and Macnish, K., "Protecting Politicians for the Sake of Democracy", Work in Progress, 2016 (Available as an online course reading - online course readings are in the 'learning resources' folder.) 

Lawlor, R. and Macnish, K., "Protecting Politicians for the Sake of Democracy", in Eds. Fox and Saunders, Media ethics, free speech, and the requirements of democracy ISBN: 9781138571921 (hardback); 9780203702444 (ebk), (Routledge, 2018). 

W. A. Parent, “Privacy, Morality and the Law”, Philosophy & public affairs, Vol. 12, No. 4 (Autumn, 1983), pp. 269-288

Solove, D. (2009). The Value of Privacy’, Understanding privacy, Chapter 4. London: Harvard University Press.

Rachels, J. (1975). Why Privacy is Important. Philosophy & public affairs. ISSN: 0048-3915, 4(4): 323-333.

Warren, S.D., and Brandeis, L.D. (1890). The Right to Privacy. Harvard Law Review. ISSN: 0017-811X 4(5): 193-220.

Weinreb, L.L. (2000). The Right to Privacy‘, Social philosophy and policy. ISSN: 0265-0525; 1471-6437, 17(2): 25-44.

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Climate Change and Responsibility


Naomi Oreskes, “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change”, Science, Vol 306, Issue 5702, 3 December 2004, URL=

James Garvey, The ethics of climate change : right and wrong in a warming world, Continuum, 2008, Chapter 3 "Responsibility", pp57-88 .

Make sure you read the right chapter.  The digital e-book has labelled the chapters in a confusing manner.  You need Chapter 3 which is entitled "Responsibility" and which is pages 57-88.


On the responsibilities of the engineering profession:

Lawlor, Rob, and Helen Morley. "Climate change and professional responsibility: A declaration of helsinki for engineers." Science and engineering ethics. ISSN: 1353-3452 23.5 (2017): 1431-1452.

Very useful for those writing the essay question.

Robinson, Simon, Engineering, business and professional ethics, (London: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2007), Chapter 1.

“Engineering Ethics in Practice: a guide for engineers”, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Inter-Disciplinary Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, (Royal Academy of Engineering, London, 2011), Chapters 4 and 5.

On the responsibilities of professions in general:

Bennion, F.A.R., Professional ethics : the consultant professions and their code, (London: C. Knight, 1969), Chapter 1.

Desjardins, Joseph R., Business, ethics, and the environment : imagining a sustainable future (New Jersey, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007)

This book is very good on the responsibilities of companies.  Chapter 9 briefly considers the responsibilities of various professions (marketing, accounting, auditing, finance, and HR).

Friedson, Eliot, Professionalism reborn : theory, prophecy, and policy, (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1994), Chapter 9.

Kipnis, Kenneth, ‘Professional Responsibility and the Responsibility of Professionals’, in Robison and Wade (eds.), Profits and professions : essays in business and professional ethics, (Clifton, Humana Press, 1983).

On the responsibilities of companies/business:

Blowfield & Murray, Corporate responsibility, 2nd Edition, (Oxford, OUP, 2011), Chapter 3 "Sustainable Development", pp. 56-79.  

Desjardins, Joseph R., Business, ethics, and the environment : imagining a sustainable future (New Jersey, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007)

This book is very good on the responsibilities of companies.  Chapter 9 briefly considers the responsibilities of various professions (marketing, accounting, auditing, finance, and HR).

Desjardins, Joseph R., [1999] "Buiness's Environmental Responsibility", in ed. Frederick, R. [1999], A companion to business ethics, Oxford: Blackwell. Chapter 23

Jackson, Jennifer, [1996] An introduction to business ethics, Oxford: Blackwell. pp.157-162


Stephen M. Gardiner, “A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption”, Environmental values. 15 (3):397 - 413 (2006)



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Big Data


Chartered Insurance Institute.  2015. Big Data and Insurance: A Conversation. 


Last Accessed 19 January 2018


Chartered Insurance Institute.  2014.  Code of Ethics


Last Accessed 19 January 2018


Boyd, D, and Crawford, K. "Critical Questions for Big Data". Information, communication and society.. Vol. 15, No. 5, June 2012, pp. 662–679

Ganesh, J. Big Data may be invasive but it will keep us in rude health. The financial times.. February 21, 2014. ( )

Macnish, K. “Surveillance Ethics”. Internet encyclopedia of philosophy.. 2011

Martin, K.E.. "Ethical Issues in the Big Data Industry". MIS quarterly. ISSN: 0276-7783. June 2015 (14:2), pp 67-85 Available online:

van den Hoven, Jeroen, Blaauw, Martijn, Pieters, Wolter and Warnier, Martijn, "Privacy and Information Technology", Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Winter 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta(ed.), URL =

Zwitter, A. "Big Data Ethics". Big data and society.July–December 2014: 1–6




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Schinzinger, Roland, Introduction to Engineering Ethics (Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2000), Chapter 5 (ONLY pp. 167-181 ARE REQUIRED).


Bok, S.: 1983, 'Whistleblowing and Professional Responsibility', in T. L. Beauchamp and N. E. Bowie, eds., Ethical Theory and Business, 2nd ed. (Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey), pp. 261-269, p. 263.

Delmas, Candice, “The Ethics of Government Whistleblowing”, Social Theory and Practice, Vol 41., Issue 1, January 2015.

Duska, Ronald. "Whistleblowing and employee loyalty." Contemporary reflections on business ethics (2007): 139-147.

Robert A. Larmer, “Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty”, Journal of business ethics., Vol. 11, No. 2 (Feb., 1992), pp. 125-128

Monk, Hilary, David Knights, and Margaret Page. "Whistleblowing paradoxes.", Chapter 19, The Routledge companion to ethics, politics and organizations (2015), 300-317.




This list was last updated on 04/02/2019