Neuroscience & Society: Ethical, Legal & Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research

14 September 2017 to 15 September 2017


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Free Public Lecture: Thursday 14 September, Sydney Law School

Is Neuroscience Relevant to Criminal Responsibility? Yes and No

Speaker: Katrina Sifferd, Elmhurst College, USA

Neuroscientific evidence has been offered in criminal courts to prove certain offenders are partially or fully excused from criminal responsibility. I will argue that neuroscientific data is relevant to the capacity responsibility of certain classes of offenders. Contra Morse, we do have some idea how the brain grounds the capacities necessary for understanding legal and moral rules, as well as volitional control; thus neuroscience can provide evidence that some groups of offenders have diminished capacity to commit a crime. This is the case with juveniles. However, work in the neuroscience of psychopathy does not indicate that as a class psychopaths suffer from diminished capacity. Therefore a diagnosis of psychopathy may be irrelevant to criminal responsibility.

About the speaker

Katrina Sifferd holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of London, King's College, and is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Elmhurst College. After leaving King's, Katrina held a post-doctoral position as Rockefeller Fellow in Law and Public Policy and Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College.

Before becoming a philosopher, Katrina earned a Juris Doctorate and worked as a senior research analyst on criminal justice projects for the National Institute of Justice. Katrina is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on criminal responsibility, reduction, folk psychology and law, and punishment. She is currently writing a book called The Responsible Brain with William Hirstein and Ty Fagan. The book project is funded by a grant from the Templeton Foundation on the Philosophy and Science of Self-Control.

Time: 6-7pm

Venue: Sydney Law School, Law Foyer, level 2, New Law School Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, The University of Sydney

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NEUROSCIENCE & SOCIETY: Ethical, Legal & Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research
Sydney, 14-15 September 2017

Registration is now open for Neuroscience & Society, a conference exploring the ethical, legal, social and clinical applications and implications of neuroscience research.

The conference brings together leading national and international scholars and practitioners from the fields of neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, government, public policy, law, social sciences, ethics, and philosophy to discuss critical current and upcoming issues.

The dynamic conference program features:

  • Over 25 talks and panels on a range of topics including: ageing and dementia; addiction, love, and self-control; neurolaw; moral enhancement; brain-computer interfaces, and artificial intelligence.
  • International speakers including:
    • Prof Katrina Sifferd (Elmhurst College, USA)
    • Brian Earp, (Oxford University, UK)
    • Dr Katy de Kogel, (Ministry of Security and Justice, The Netherlands)
    • Prof Julian Savulescu (Oxford University, UK)
    • Prof Tom Buller (Illinois State University, USA)
    • Assoc Prof Gregg Caruso (SUNY Corning, USA)
  • A poster session showcasing 16 pieces of innovative research from across the globe.
  • A free public lecture 'Is neuroscience relevant to criminal responsibility? Yes and No.'
  • Ample networking opportunities.

The conference will also launch the Australian Neuroethics Network, a collaboration between leading researchers and practitioners examining the implications of neuroscience for Australia.

Join us at this important event on 14 September (Sydney Law School) and 15 September (Dunmore Lang Conference Centre, Macquarie University) in Sydney (Australia).

Conference fees:

Full fee: $140
Student fee: $60

Registration entitles you to attend all sessions of the conference, including the Reception session on the evening of the first day, but excluding the Invited Speakers Dinner (also on the first day). Tickets are limited, and will be available on a first-come-first served basis, so please register early.

Register for the conferencehere.

Time and venues:

14 September - Sydney Law School

Day 1 conference: 1.30pm- 5.30pm, followed by end of day reception

Free public lecture: 6-7pm

15 September - Macquarie University

Day 2 conference: 9.30am-5.30pm

Neuroscience and Society is supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function Neuroethics Program, the Centre for Agency Values and Ethics at Macquarie University, and the University of Sydney Brain and Mind Centre.


Time: See above times for public lecture, and conference

Location: Law Foyer, level 2, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: See above costs for conference. Evening public lecture free (6pm, 14/9)

Contact: Professional Learning and Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0248

Email: 1814117b554e0b0d4c25391540091a0023671c4b3a5a2b42

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