Neuroscience, Responsibility and the Law

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Neuroscience, Responsibility and the Law

October 9, 2017 - October 13, 2017

Coordinator: Henry T. Greely

Stanford University, USA



Nita A. Farahany, Duke University, Durham, USA

Stephen J. Morse, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Jennifer Chandler, University of Ottawa, Canada

Francis X. Shen, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Henry T. Greely, Stanford University, USA


Advances in neuroscience are teaching us more about the causes of human cognition and behavior, as well as ways to change them. New findings have implications for the law, both in the direct legal process and, more broadly, in what society wants and needs the laws to cover. These implications can be grouped into five broad fields: using neuroscience to predict future behavior, interpreting neuroimages to read minds, modifying responsibility based on neuroscience findings, using neuroscience to “treat” criminal or other disfavored behaviors, and cognitive enhancement.

This Workshop will investigate and thoroughly discuss the implications of the advances in neuroscience and responsibility for the law, in criminal and in civil cases, as well as outside of litigation, in a wide range of jurisdictions around the world, presented by world leaders in the field.