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December 15, 2015

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. Bernice B. Donald, On the Brain: Neuroscience and Its Implications for the Criminal Justice System , 30-FALL Crim. Just. 1 (2015). 

    2. Adam B. Shniderman & Lauren B. Solberg, Cosmetic Psychopharmacology for Prisoners: Reducing Crime and Recidivism Through Cognitive Intervention , 8(3) Neuroethics 315 (2015). 

    3. Michael N. Tennison & Amanda C. Pustilnik, ‘And If Your Friends Jumped Off a Bridge, Would You Do It Too?’: How Developmental Neuroscience Can Inform Legal Regimes Governing Adolescents , 12 Indiana Health Law Review 533 (2015).

B.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

    1. Steinberg Talk at Harvard:  Drawing on findings from a 20-year program of work on adolescent decision making and risk taking, Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D discussed the United States Supreme Court’s rationale in three cases during the past decade that involved the criminal culpability of juveniles, and the role that scientific evidence about adolescent brain development played in its decisions. He concluded that in discussions of adolescents’ treatment under criminal law, juveniles’ greater amenability to rehabilitation is more important than their diminished culpability. Moreover, he argued that neuroscientific evidence should supplement, rather than supplant, findings from behavioral science.  To watch this talk at the Petrie-Flom Center (Harvard University) click here . 

C.  Conferences & Speaker Series


    1. Human Enhancement and the Law: Regulating for the Future: On January 7-8, 2016, the NeuroLaw Project (University of Oxford) will host a conference on “Human Enhancement and the Law: Regulating for the Future.”  This conference and resulting special edition of the Journal of Law, Information and Science, will aim to identify the legal issues that arise as a result of these developments in human enhancement technologies.  To learn more, click here .  

    2. The EANL Law, New Technologies & Neuroscience Winter School 2016:  The EANL Law, New Technologies & Neuroscience Winter School will take place at the University of Pavia (Italy) from February 15-20, 2016.  The school is open to lawyers, scientists and non-scientists. Basic scientific information is provided on neuroscience, psychiatry, genetics and robotics, while basic law concepts are discussed for non-lawyers. The core of the activity is devoted to the intersection between law and new technologies, in a comparative perspective. The school is directed to graduate/master degree students, PhD Students, and early career professionals.  To learn more, please click here .

    3. Coalition or Derogation? Psychological Perspectives on Race Relations in the 21st Century: Network Member Jennifer Richeson will give a plenary lecture at the AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting (Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM).  Richeson’s research examines psychological phenomena related to cultural diversity. Her work generally considers the ways in which sociocultural group memberships such as race, gender, and socioeconomic status shape the way people think, feel, and behave, especially during interactions with members of different sociocultural groups. Her research investigates the antecedents and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination from dual perspectives: those of individuals whose sociocultural groups have traditionally been stigmatized in society and those of dominant sociocultural groups.  To learn more about this lecture, click here


D.  Other Developments


    1. New Network Scholars: The Research Network has recently appointed six new Network Scholars who have contributed or will continue to contribute to the efforts of the Network’s working groups.  The Network is pleased to welcome the following Network Scholars:
      1. Thackery Brown , Stanford University

      2. Jennifer Eberhardt , Stanford University

      3. Stephanie Gagnon , Stanford University

      4. Joe Sanders , University of Houston

      5. Michael Treadway , Emory University

      6. Iris Vilares , Virginia Tech


    1. Georgia State University Faculty Opening: The Georgia State University College of Law seeks applicants for one open-rank tenured or tenure-track position beginning Fall 2016. To qualify for appointment in the College of Law candidates must hold the JD degree at the time of application and demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and research. The successful applicant will play a key role in building the university’s Neuroethics/Neurolaw Program, and so a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration is critical. For more information, contact Dr. Nicole Vincent at  AALS members can view the official advertisement at


    1. Australian Neurolaw Database:  This recently-launched database is the first and currently only public database of Australian Neurolaw cases.  Available here , the Australian Neurolaw Database is publically accessible and searchable, containing neurolaw-relevant criminal, civil, and administrative law cases and summaries. 


    1. Request for Criminal Justice Research Proposals:  The Laura and John Arnold Foundation has launched a request for criminal justice research proposals.  The foundation is “particularly interested in research projects that focus on: the front end of the criminal justice system (the period of time between arrest and case resolution), policing, prosecution, and mental health and substance use disorders.”  Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest by January 15, 2016. This letter should address each of the selection criteria described in the Request for Proposals , within three pages.


    1. Litigation Experience with Neuroscience?  If you are a litigator with experience using or encountering neuroscience, we’d like to hear from you.  Please email with a sentence or two about your experiences. 


    1. Fellowship Opportunities at the National Institute of Justice:  The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is looking for doctoral students with innovative research that aims to solve problems faced by criminal justice practitioners. Apply to be part of one of NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) programs. Reminder: As previously announced on our blog, the deadline is December 15. To learn more, click here .



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