My brain made me do it: will neuroscience change the way we punish criminals?
Allan McCay and Jeanette Kennett Australian law may be on the cusp of a brain-based revolution that will reshape the way we deal with criminals. Some researchers, such as neuroscientist David Eagleman, have argued that neuroscience should radically change our practices of punishment. According to Eagleman, the courts should give up on the notion of…
The Sydney Neurolaw Project
The Sydney Neurolaw Project based at Sydney Law School, has finished work on a detailed “neurolaw” reader and case law resource. The resource maps the terrain of the emerging field of neurolaw, providing a guide to current practical questions in law that are directly affected by developments in neuroscience research. We are also developing a…
Neuroscience in Australian Courtrooms: Responsibility, Liability and the Capacity to Punish
On the 25 June, we hosted the first Sydney Neurolaw Workshop: Neuroscience in Australian Courtrooms: Responsibility, Liability and the Capacity to Punish at Sydney Law School. The event focused on how new understandings of the brain and mind from the developing neurosciences, impact legal concepts such as responsibility and capacity, discrimination law, and even the…