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A) Recent Neurolaw Publications
B) Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Harvard Law School
C) Call for Papers: Global Perspectives of Neuroscience and Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System
D) SSRN Launches Neuroscience Research Network

A. Recent Neurolaw Publications

  1. Adina L. Roskies, The Neuroscience of Free Will , 15 U. St. Thomas J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 162, 162-73 (2021).

  2. The Law and Ethics of Freedom of Thought (Marc Jonathan Blitz & Jan Christoph Bublitz eds., 2021).

  3. Barbara Pfeffer Billauer, The Bionic Plaintiff and the Cyborg Defendant: Liability in the Age of Brain-to-Computer Interface , 25 Va. J.L. & Tech. 38, 38-110 (2021).

  4. Andreas Kuersten & John D. Medaglia, Neuroscience and the Model Penal Code's Mens Rea Categories , 71 Duke L.J. Online 53, 53-86 (2021).

  5. April Xiaoyi Xu, Applying the Model Penal Code Insanity Defense to Sleepwalking Killers and Psychopaths: Interfacing Neuroscience and Criminal Law , 23 New Crim. L. Rev. 471, 471-515 (2020).

  6. Magdalena Krupa, Neurolaw: An Attempt to Classify fMRI Brain Imaging as Evidence in the Polish Criminal Trial , 24 J. Crim. L. & Penal Stud. 87, 87-116 (2020).
  7. Anne-Marie Day, Disabling and Criminalising Systems? Understanding the Experiences and Challenges Facing Justice Experienced, Neurodiverse Children in the Education and Youth Justice Systems , SSRN (Oct. 28, 2021).

  8. Hannah J. Phalen, Jessica M. Salerno & N.J. Schweitzer, Can Neuroimaging Prove Pain and Suffering?: The Influence of Pain Assessment Techniques on Legal Judgments of Physical versus Emotional Pain , 45 L. & Hum. Behav. 393, 393-412 (2021).

  9. Sarah Mallard Wakefield & Pamela McPherson, How the Evolving State of Neuroscience Informs the Definition of Adulthood: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective , 7 J. Pediatric Neuropsych. 161, 161-68 (2021).

  10. Renato César Cardoso, Neurolaw and the Neuroscience of Free Will: An Overview , 21 SCIO Revista de Filosofía 55, 55-81 (2021).

  11. Amalea Khoshaba, Comment, Neuroimaging Evidence: Scientific Integrity, Criminal Justice, Efficient Admissibility , 62 Jurimetrics J. 77, 77-109 (2021).

B. Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Harvard Law School

Neuroscience and Criminal Law: The Post-Jones Landscape for Late Adolescents and Emerging Adults


This panel discussion hosted by the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior and the Petrie-Flom Center will survey the current landscape of cases and legislation focused on crafting developmentally aligned frameworks for responding to misconduct by younger adolescents, late adolescents (ages 18 – 20) and emerging adults (21 – 25), including “raising the age” of full criminal culpability past age 18. The contributions of neuroscience to informing a developmentally aligned jurisprudence for late adolescents and emerging adults will be reviewed.


February 9, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST


Online ­– register here

Please visit the event website for more information.

C. Call for Papers: Global Perspectives of Neuroscience and Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System

Information from Editors Hannah Wishart and Ed Johnston:

We are seeking 250-word abstracts for Routledge’s “Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice” book series for a book titled “Global Perspectives of Neuroscience and Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System” due to be published in 2023.

The chapters will embrace a broad range of distinct legal issues for vulnerable defendants during court proceedings through a neuroscientific lens. We are interested in receiving contributions from a broad range of scholars and early career researchers around the world that can offer a worldwide analysis of neuroscience, vulnerable defendants, and particular aspects of the criminal justice system. We encourage proposed contributions that might relate to one of the following themes:

  • The trial process, vulnerable defendants, and neuroscience
  • The pre-trial process (e.g., unfitness to plead test), vulnerable defendants, and neuroscience
  • The use of neuroscience as expert evidence at trial and/or on appeal
  • Mentally disordered defendants, legal defences, and neuroscience
  • Immature children, specific legal defences, and neuroscience
  • Vulnerable defendants, specific offences, and neuroscience
  • Future predictions of the role neuroscience will play in court proceedings or more generally in the criminal law for vulnerable defendants

Potential contributors should email Hannah Wishart or Ed Johnston with a Title and Abstract (250 words). Please also include any institutional affiliation and email contact.

The closing date for submitted abstracts is the 15th of February 2022.

Submissions must be original and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The editors will base their final decisions on relevance and quality. Decisions will be made by 13th of March 2022. All papers must follow OSCOLA guidelines for submission.

If successful, we expect the book contract to be agreed in March/April 2022 and, once contributions are confirmed, we expect the first drafts to be submitted to the editors by June 2022. Chapters will be approximately 8,000 words in length (including references). Final drafts to be submitted in December 2022 and published in May/June 2023.

D. SSRN Launches Neuroscience Research Network


The Neuroscience Research Network on SSRN is an open access preprint server that provides a venue for authors to showcase their research papers in our digital library, speeding up dissemination and providing the scholarly community access to groundbreaking working papers and early-stage research. SSRN provides the opportunity to share different outputs of research such as preliminary or exploratory investigations, book chapters, PhD dissertations, course and teaching materials, presentations, and posters, among others.

Click here to visit the digital library.


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