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July 2, 2019

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A) Recent Neurolaw Publications
B) Works in Progress
C) Neurolaw Events

A. Recent Neurolaw Publications  

  1. Francis X. Shen, Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, and the Case Against Solitary Confinement , 21 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 937 (2019).
  2. John A. Humbach, Neuroscience, Justice, and the ‘Mental Causation’ Fallacy , 11 Wash. U. Jur. Rev. 191 (2019).
  3. Dominic DiMattia, How Much Brain Deterioration Do You Need to Get Into Court: Analyzing the Issue of Statutes of Limitations for Athlete’s Concussion-Related Injury Litigation through the Lens of Toxic Tort Law , 48 U. Balt. L.R. 435 (2019).
  4. Gregor S.C. Huffman, The Enigma of End-of-Life Decisions in Advance Directives , 53 Real Prop. Trust & Est. L.J. 401 (2019).
  5. Hilary Rosenthal, Scanning for Justice: Using Neuroscience to Create a More Inclusive Legal System , 50 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 290 (2019).
  6. Susan D. Carle, Acting Differently: How Science on the Social Brain can Inform Antidiscrimination Law , 73 U. Miami L.R. (2018).


B. Works in Progress

  1. Steven Friedland, Cold Cognition, Hot Emotion, and the Training of Lawyers , Wake Forest L. Rev. (2019).


C. Neurolaw Events

Free webinar: A Student's Guide to Law and Neuroscience
August 8, 2019, 7:00-8:00 pm Eastern Time 

Description: Law and Neuroscience, along with related fields such as Law and Biology and Law and Artificial Intelligence, are becoming increasingly of interest to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Yet because these interdisciplinary endeavors are so new, there is a significant lack of available guidance on how best to pursue studies and careers. This online webinar is being provided to help fill that gap, and address students’ most common questions about how to pursue studies and careers at the intersection of law, neuroscience, AI and related fields. The webinar will last 60 minutes, with time for interactive questions and answers. 

Presenter: Dr. Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD will present this webinar. Dr. Shen is the Executive Director of the Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, and the Exec. Dir. of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

The webinar is free, but registration is required at this link. Questions can be sent to Dr. Shen at


Neurofutures: Neuroscience and Responsibility
December 3-4, 2019 in Melbourne Australia

Description: There are a wide range of ways in which neuroscience can invoke responsibility. The identification of differences in brain structure and function among some individuals may potentially have important implications for criminal and moral responsibility in our legal system and other key social institutions. Neuroscience research and the development of new neuro-technologies needs to be undertaken responsibly to ensure we realize its promise while mitigating unintended harms. How we structure the environment or design policies, interventions and social interactions can also influence the sorts of opportunities and behaviors that we are able to engage in. We also need to consider who should be held responsible when things go wrong in neuroscience research or when neuro-technologies result in unexpected side effects.

For more information about the conference, please follow this link.



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