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Angus Corbett

Adjunct Professor

Angus Corbett

Angus Corbett, an expert in the field of health law and health systems, examines some of the largest challenges facing health systems. These include the viability of the adoption of Universal Health Coverage in the United States and the challenges in supporting and improving systems of UHC in other high-income countries. His research addresses the problem of how to regulate and govern large, complex health systems to achieve the set of public policy goals embedded in UHC. His use of comparative analysis of health systems enables consideration of the legal and institutional frameworks that a range of different countries use to achieve UHC. This comparative analysis broadens the scope of the study of health systems to include the challenges facing middle-income and low-income countries that have either adopted or are in the process of adopting UHC. Corbett teaches health law and a course entitled Comparative Health Systems and Law. He developed a comparative health systems course on the Coursera platform (

Adjunct Professor Corbett's current research seeks to clarify the strengths and weaknesses of the regulation and governance of the health system in the United States in contrast to those adopted in a selection of high-income countries. This research considers the problem of how the regulation and governance of health systems contributes to improvements health outcomes. In addition, he is working on a project that analyzes the ways that different health systems provide health care for Indigenous and First Nations peoples. This includes the goal of integrating services for Indigenous peoples while also acknowledging rights of self-determination of Indigenous peoples.

Prior to joining Penn Law as an adjunct professor in 2017 Corbett worked on a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that considered the use of law to achieve health equity in housing. In 2015 he participated in the Regulatory Excellence project led by Professor Cary Coglianese. He immigrated to the United States in 2012. In Australia, Corbett's research focused on efforts to improve the safety and quality of health care and on when compensation for personal injury and loss could be used to support regulation in the fields of health and corporate law.

Articles and Book Chapters

Angus Corbett, “A Systems Approach to Regulatory Excellence”, in Cary Coglianese (ed), Achieving Regulatory Excellence (Brookings Institution Press, 2016), Chapter 16.

Angus Corbett, "Australia: An Integrated Scheme for Regulating Liability for Medical Malpractice and Indemnity Insurance Markets That Does Not Include the Goal of Improving the Safety and Quality of Health Care" (2011) 4 Drexel Law Review 199-216

Angus Corbett, Joanne Travaglia, Jeffrey Braithwaite,"The Role of Diligence in Improving Safety: Does the phenomenon of ‘sociological citizenship’ provide a pathway for health care organizations to navigate the gap between the policy and practice of improving the safety and quality?" (2011) 25 Journal of Health Organization and Management 247-260.

Angus Corbett, Fourth Annual Michael Whincop Memorial Lecture, 'Do we have good cause to be sceptical about 'corporate social responsibility?' (2008) 17Griffith Law Review 413-432

Angus Corbett, 'Regulating Compensation for Injuries Associated with Medical Error' (2006) 28 Sydney Law Review 259-296

Adam Finkel, Daniel Walters & Angus Corbett, "Planning for Excellence: Insights from an International Review of Regulators' Strategic Plans" (2018) Pace Environmental Law Review (forthcoming)

Angus Corbett and Stephen Bottomley, "Regulating Corporate Governance" in Christine Parker, Colin Scott, Nicola Lacey and John Braithwaite, J (eds) Regulating Law (Oxford University Press, 2004) 60-81

Angus Corbett, 'The (Self)-Regulation of Law: A Synergistic Model of Tort Law and Regulation' (2002) 25(3) UNSWLJ 616-650

More publications can be found here.

Working Papers

Angus Corbett, "A review of three models for enforcing housing codes" (2017) (Paper prepared for The Center of Public Health Law Research at Temple University School of Law as part of Robert Wood Johnson Research Project entitled 5 Essential Public Health Services Project).
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Angus Corbett and Joanne Travaglia, “The Future of Regulation to Improve the Safety and Quality of Health Care: Creating the Conditions for the Emergence of High Reliability Organisations”. (2011) RegNet Research Paper 2013/4.
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Angus Corbett, "The Missing Dimension of Safety: Accommodating complex systems of networked governance in tort" (2011)
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Research Areas

  • Regulation of health system to improve safety
  • Comparative Health Systems: Regulation to ensure equitable access to safe, affordable housing
  • Use of systems theory to improve capacity of regulation to achieve public policy goals.


  • Comparative Health Systems and Law
  • Master in Law Health Law and Policy

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