The Neurolaw Society is a student-facilitated group that works to create interdisciplinary discourse, learning and understanding across the fields of law, policy, health and neuroscience. We welcome graduate students from these disciplines to participate in an multidisciplinary examination of human behavior and the justice system.

We aim to explore topics in the emerging field of neurolaw such as:

  • The use of neuroimaging as courtroom evidence
  • The influence of neural processing on criminal behavior and courtroom testimony
  • The impact of neuroscientific research on legal and public policy 
  • The role of neurobehavioral disorders in crime and sentencing
  • The understanding of legal responsibility through the lens of neuroscience

These topics and others will be considered in monthly Neurolaw Table Talks and Neurolaw Publication Digests. If you are interested in joining the society and attending these events please fill out this Google Form with your information and availability.

Neurolaw Table Talks:

Guest experts visit to give a short, informal lecture on their area of expertise and then facilitate a roundtable discussion with students. Students who attend may be asked to familiarize themselves with the visiting scholar’s publications in order to actively and effectively engage in discussion.

Neurolaw Publication Digests:

These meetings are led by students and will focus on a piece of literature in the field of neurolaw. This is an opportunity for students to debate, ask questions and conversate in an informal and judgment-free space. Our goal is to foster an interdisciplinary environment for students to share opinions and insights from their own fields in order to integrate knowledge from many areas of study and have a better understanding of the topic at hand.

 

If you or anyone you know has comments, questions, provocations or hopes to collaborate; please direct all questions to Co-Chairs, Pascal Rathle & Elizabeth Siefert, (prathle@pennlaw.upenn.edu or elizabeth.siefert@pennmedicine.upenn.edu).