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November 27, 2013

This message brings news about:
A) Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications
B) Neurolaw Media & News Clippings
C) Conferences & Speaker Series
D) Other Developments 

A.   Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications

1.     Morris B. Hoffman,  The Punisher’s Brain: An Evolutionary History of Judge and Jury , Cambridge University Press (2013).            

2.     Neil K. Aggarwal & Elizabeth Ford,  The Neuroethics and Neurolaw of Brain Injury , Behav Sci Law. (forthcoming 2013).           

3.     Laura Klaming & Pim Haselager,  Did My Brain Implant Make Me Do It? Questions Raised by DBS Regarding Psychological Continuity, Responsibility for Action and Mental Competence , 6(3) Neuroethics 527 (2013).

4.     Jane Campbell Moriarty, Daniel D. Langleben, & James Provenzale,  Brain Trauma, PET Scans and Forensic Complexity , Behavioral Sciences and the Law (2013).

5.     Pim Haselager,  Did I Do That? Brain–Computer Interfacing and the Sense of Agency , 23 Minds & Machines 405 (2013).

6.     Erlend P. Kvaale, Nick Haslam, & William H. Gottdiener,  The ‘Side Effects’ of Medicalization: A Meta-Analytic Review of How Biogenetic Explanations Affect Stigma , 33 Clinical Psychology Review 782 (2013).

7.     Roberto Catanesi & Giovanna Punzi Catanesi,  Evolution of Criminology , Organized Crime, Corruption and Crime Prevention 315 (forthcoming 2014) 

8.     John Rumbold,  Neurolaw and the Future , 5.2 Kaleidoscope 146 (2013). 

9.     Armando Freitas da Rocha, Fábio T. Rocha, & Eduardo Massad,  Gun Control: What Goes on in Your BrainResearch on Artificial and Natural Intelligence (2013).

10.  A.F.G. Leentjens, V. Visser-Vandewalle, Y. Temel, & F.R. J. Verhey,  Manipuleerbare wilsbekwaamheid: een ethisch probleem bij elektrostimulatie van de nucleus subthalamicus voor ernstige ziekte van Parkinson [Manipulable capacity to make up one's mind An ethical problem of electrostimulation of the nucleus subthalamicus for the serious illness of Parkinson] , 148(28) Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 1394 (2004).

11.  Claudia E. Haupt,  Active Symbols , 55 Boston College Law Review (forthcoming 2014). 

B.    Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

1.     LEGAL-EASE: Brains on Trial: A Judge ‘Rules’ on Neuroscience in the Courtroom:  Hon. Morris Hoffman, who is a Member of the Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, was interviewed by a reporter for Neurology Today.  The interview appeared in the October 17, 2013 issue, and can be accessed here:

2.     “The Day When Neurons Go on Trial”:  The New York Times recently reported on the Fordham Law School Series on Law and Neuroscience put together by Prof. Deborah W. Denno.
To read the article, visit:
To learn more about the series, visit:

C.    Conferences & Speaker Series

1.     Law and Neuroscience Winter School 2014 Call for Application:  The European Centre for Law, Science and New Technologies, University of Pavia, in cooperation with the European Association for Neuroscience and Law (EANL), organizes the second edition of  Law and Neuroscience Winter School .  The Winter School is a school for lawyers, philosophers and behavioral scientists whose aim is to provide proper information about the increasingly advanced neuroscientific findings and techniques, and to give students the chance to study how neuroscience impacts on different legal systems. On the basis of the previous experience, new courses are provided in order to grant students a more exhaustive knowledge in the field of neuroscience and law. The school is directed to graduate/master-degree students and PhD Students.  

Dates:   January 13-24, 2014
Application deadline: November 29, 2013
Who can apply:  Graduate Students, Master Degree Students and PhD students in Law, Philosophy or Psychology/Behavioral Science.  The call is open both to European and non-European students. 
Click here for more information
Click here to download the application

2.     Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly: Brain Science Meets the Law:  On December 12, 2013 the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior will join forces with the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry to host  Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly:  Brain Science Meets the Law a conversation among experts in neurology (Bruce H. Price MD), psychiatry (Rebecca Brendel MD, JD), and the law (Attorney Susan Stenger and Judge Susan Ricci) about how the science of aging could impact how we protect older adults from victimization and undue influence. Where do we draw the line between protection and paternalism? What constitutes a bad financial decision? Who needs additional protections?  Kay Lazar of the Boston Globe will moderate a panel discussion after remarks from the four speakers.  For more information about the program, click here.  

D.   Other Developments

1.     Congratulations to Martha J. Farah, 2013 SfN Science Educator Award Recipient: “The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) announced the winners of the science education and outreach awards at Neuroscience 2013, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.”  Dr. Martha J. Farah (University of Pennsylvania, and consultant to the Research Network on Law and Neuroscience) was given the Science Educator Award which recognizes “outstanding neuroscientists who have made significant contributions in promoting public education and awareness about the field.”  To read the press release, visit:

2.      Journal of Law and the Biosciences Oxford University Press (OUP) recently announced its partnership with Duke University, Harvard Law School, and Stanford University to launch a new open access journal in 2014:  Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB).  “JLB will become the preeminent outlet to publish cutting-edge scholarship wherever law and the biosciences intersect. The JLB will take a broad and interdisciplinary view of its area, publishing articles on topics generally considered part of bioethics or neuroethics, such as the ethical, legal, and social implications of reproductive technologies, genetics, stem cell research, neuroscience, or human biological enhancement.  At the same time, it will be a home for work that speaks directly to legal issues where the biosciences can be involved, such as food and drug regulation, biosciences patent law, scientific evidence, and criminal responsibility.” 

To learn more, visit:  


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Owen D. Jones
New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law
Professor of Biological Sciences 
Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

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