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Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University

Professor Charles Sampford graduated top of his class in Politics, Philosophy and Law from Melbourne University before combining those disciplines in his Oxford DPhil in 1986. He moved to Griffith as Foundation Dean and Professor of Law at Griffith University in 1991. Since 2004 he has been Director of the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (a joint initiative of the United Nations University, Griffith, QUT, ANU, OP Jindal University (Delhi) and the Centre for Asian integrity (Manila).

He is President of the International Institute for Public Ethics and he is Convenor of the Global Integrity Summit which held its first meeting in September.

He has published 124 articles and essays and completed 30 books and edited collections. These includes interdisciplinary work on the ethics and governance of corporations, professions, public agencies and international organisations - as well as issues of multi-level governance such as the Global Financial Crisis.

Charles has been consulted by business, government, and various parliaments – including the principal legal advisor to the Queensland Scrutiny of Legislation Committee (1995-2002). He is also a barrister and a director of two SMEs.


  • 2004–present
    Foundation Professor of Law and Research Professor in Ethics, Griffith University
  • 1994–present
    Foundation Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (a joint initiative of UNU, Griffith, ANU, QUT and Jindal)
  • 1998–present
    Chairman, Sampford and Staff, Pty Ltd
  • 1994–2010
    Convenor, ARC Governance Research Network, Griffith University
  • 1999–2004
    Foundation Director, ARC Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University
  • 2000–2001
    Senior Fulbright Fellow, Harvard University
  • 1997–1998
    Senior Visiting Research Fellow, St Johns College, Oxford
  • 1994–1998
    Director, National Institute for Law, Ethics and Public Affairs, Griffith University
  • 1991–1994
    Foundation Dean of Law, Griffith University
  • 1990–1991
    Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Philosophy and Public Issues, Melbourne University
  • 1990–1990
    Acting Director, Centre for Philosophy and Public Issues, Melbourne University


  • 1986 
    Oxford University, DPhil
  • 1979 
    Melbourne University, Bachelor of Laws with 1st class hons and Supreme Court Prize
  • 1976 
    Melbourne University, Bachelor of Arts with 1st class hons in Politics and Philosophy


  • 2006
    Retrospectivity and the Rule of Law, OUP, Oxford
  • 2002
    Encouraging Ethics and Challenging Corruption: Public Sector Ethics in theory and practice , (with Noel Preston) Federation Press
  • 1998
    New Foundations of Legal Education, (with Goldring and Simmonds) Cavendish
  • 1989
    The Disorder of Law: a critique of legal theory, , Basil Blackwell, Oxford

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Applied Ethics (2201)