Archive for ‘Criminal law’


Neuroscientific approach to third party punishment.

Recenty, via Vanderbilt University research news site, some news about neuroscientifical approach to the third part punishment issue was published. As we can read:

In a paper published online on April 15 by the journal Nature Neuroscience, a pair of neuroscientists from Vanderbilt and Harvard universities has proposed the first neurobiological model for third-party punishment. It outlines a collection of potential cognitive and brain processes that evolutionary pressures could have re-purposed to make this behavior possible.

The whole news along with the link to the paper is here.


Controversies about personal responsibility

Today we propose a debate concerning neuro-perspective in criminal law and the problem of predetermining one’s actions, according to criminal events and responsibility for one’s actions. David Eagleman text entitled Breivik’sBrain offers some discussion on this topic connected with rather recent events in Norway. We are encouraging to join the discussion about main theme of this short and popular article which can be summarized in one sentence: Does the progress in neuroscience will provide us the framework that will banish personal responsibility from the law?

More general discussion:

Does Neuroscience refute Free Will?

Neuroscience and Personal Responsibility(Summary of a conference).

Neuroethics and Law Blog


Office Hours with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on Neuroscience in the Law

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Dr. Nita Farahany – Law, Behavioral Genetics & Neuroscience

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O. D. Jones, Behavioral Genetics and Crime, in Context, Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 69, pp. 81-100, 2006.

We warmly invite you to pursue the short review of the paper Behavioral Genetics and Crime, in Context by O. D. Jones

The review is available here.


B. Brożek, The ontology of law from a biological perspective (draft version)

We warmly invite you to pursue the draft version of the paper The ontology of law from a biological perspective by Bartosz Brożek.


B. Garland, Mark S. Frankel, Considering convergence: a policy dialogue about behavioral genetics, neurosciences, and law, 69- SPG LAW & CONTEMP. PROBS. 101

We warmly invite you to pursue the short review of the paper Considering convergence: a policy dialogue about behavioral genetics, neurosciences, and law by B. Garland, M.S. Frankel.

The review is available here.


Neurobiology of Violence


Neurobiology of Violence. Neuroethical and Neurolegal Implications

Adrian Raine

• Richard Perry University Professor
• Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry, and Psychology
• University of Pennsylvania


Neuroscience, Neurolaw?


A look behind the criminal mind. How are new developments in brain science changing how we regard crime and criminal law?


Lori B. Andrews, J.D., Predicting and Punishing Antisocial Acts. How the Criminal Justice System Might Use Behavioral Genetics [in:] R.A. Carson, M.A. Rothstein (ed.), Behavioral Genetics – The Clash of Culture and Biology, The Johns Hopkins University Press 1999, pp. 116-156.

We warmly invite you to pursue the short review of the paper Predicting and punishing antisocial Acts. How the Criminal Justice System Might Use Behavioral Genetics by L. B. Andrews.

The review is available here.