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Angus Corbett

Adjunct Professor

Angus Corbett

I am a lawyer who is interested in improving the health of communities and of populations of whole countries by focussing on strategies for influencing health systems. This work is directed at analyzing how health systems directly influence health outcomes by the improving the safety and quality of health care. It is also directed at the question of how health systems can influence and be open to other institutions and systems that aim to improve health outcomes by addressing the social determinants of health. 

My research is concerned with using a comparative systems analysis to gain a better understanding of the regulation and governance of health systems that support Universal Health Coverage in both high-income and in low-and middle-income-countries. It is also directed at using this comparative health systems approach to analyze the regulation and governance of the health system in the United States. 

Since I joined Penn Law as an Adjunct Professor in 2017 I have taught Healgth Law and Policy in the JD program, Health Law and Policy Fundamentals in the Master of Law Program, and Comparative Health Systems and Law in the JD program. I am currently developing a Comparative Indigenous Health Systems course. I have also developa Comparative Health Systems course on the Coursera platform ( This course is part of the Penn Law Healthcare Law Specialization on Coursera . 

While at Penn Law I was part of a project that was directed at the question of using regulation to achieve Health Equity in Housing. This project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was concerned with the question of how local, state and federal regulators can use legal levers to achieve the goals of enabling equitable access to affordable, healthy housing. In 2015 I was a participant in the Regulatory Excellence project that was conducted by Penn Program on Regulation.

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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