From cyborgs to sex robots

Star Tribune, October 3, 2018
by Richard Chin, featuring Francis X. Shen (Senior Fellow)

From the article: Francis Shen spends a lot of time thinking about transhuman cyborgs, brain-wave lie detectors, sex robots and terrorists hacking into devices implanted in our heads. And, no, he’s… Read More

A Dangerous Brain

The Marshall Project, August 14, 2018
by Andrew R. Calderon, quoting Francis Shen (Visiting Scholar)

From the article:  To date, neuroprediction has not been admitted into the courtroom or parole hearings. Some scholars, like Thomas Nadelhoffer, a fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke… Read More

Brain Scans in the Courts: Prosecutor’s Dream or Civil Rights Nightmare?

Inside Science, March 14, 2018
by James Gaines, quoting Francis Shen (Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience)

From the article:  One of the foundations of the U.S. legal system is the Bill of Rights, which enshrines the idea that there are certain individual liberties and inalienable freedoms that governments… Read More

You can love the brain and football, too

StarTribune, January 31, 2018
by Francis X. Shen (Senior Fellow)

Check out the new op-ed from Francis X. Shen, Senior Fellow in Law and Neuroscience at the Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, a collaboration between the Center for Law, Brain… Read More

Harvard Forum: Should Older Politicians And Judges Be Tested For Mental Decline?

WBUR, November 17, 2017
by Carey Goldberg, describing the "Dementia and Democracy" event

This article describes the event "Dementia and Democracy: America's Aging Judges and Politicians," held on November 15, 2017 at Harvard Law School.  The speculation spreads every… Read More

Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience!

Petrie-Flom Center, July 21, 2017

We’re excited to announce our 2017–2018 Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience, Francis X. Shen! Project on Law and Applied NeuroscienceThe Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, now… Read More

Second Chance Kids

Frontline, PBS, May 2, 2017
by Featuring Robert Kinscherff (Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience)

On May 2, 2017, PBS's Frontline aired "Second Chance Kids," an exploration of the fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Robert… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumnus Matthew Baum

Petrie-Flom Center, April 13, 2017

Matthew Baum was a Student Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year, as a second year MD-PhD student in the Health Science and Technology combined program of Harvard and MIT. Then Academic Fellow… Read More

Teen Behind Landmark Juvenile Decision Back Before Judge to Be Resentenced

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, March 13, 2017
by Matt Smith, quoting Robert Kinscherff (Senior Fellow in Law and Neuroscience)

From the article: “The result of this developmental process means that adolescents will not think like or process like adults will until probably their mid-20s,” said Robert Kinscherff, a… Read More

Graduate Student Opportunity
National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia

Deadline: Open until filled.

GRADUATE STUDENT OPPORTUNITYArea of research: Psychiatric Interventions and Public Attitudes A Master’s or PhD scholarship opportunity is available at the National Core for Neuroethics, University… Read More

Review of The Neuroethics of Biomarkers

American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 16, Issue 12 (2016)
by Ryan H. Nelson

Matthew L. Baum. The Neuroethics of Biomarkers: What the Development of Bioprediction Means for Moral Responsibility, Justice, and the Nature of Mental Disorder. Oxford University Press, 2016.… Read More

The Neuroethics of Biomarkers

Oxford University Press, 2016
by Matthew L. Baum (Student Fellow Alumnus)

About the Book:  Neuroscientists are mining nucleic acids, blood, saliva, and brain images in hopes of uncovering biomarkers that could help estimate risk of brain disorders like psychosis and dementia;… Read More

Experts in Psychology, Law Discuss Juvenile Sentencing

The Crimson, April 14, 2016
by Bonnie K. Bennett, reporting on Boys To Men To Boys Panel Event

From the article: [...] “When the Supreme Court eliminated mandatory life without parole for juvenile homicides, it was unquestionably an earth shattering decision,” Judge Nancy Gertner, the… Read More

Student/Postdoc Essay Contest
International Neuroethics Society

Deadline: June 15, 2016

Call for Submissions The International Neuroethics Society (INS) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2016 Student/Postdoc Essay Contest in neuroethics! The contest, now in its third year,… Read More

New Journal of Law & Biosciences featuring Harvard student work

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), Vol. 3, Issue 1 (April 2016)

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the open-access journal launched in 2014 by the Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School in partnership with Duke University and Stanford University, has… Read More

Scholars Discuss Role of Neuroscience in Youth Criminal Justice

Harvard Crimson, September 29, 2015
by Jonah S. Lefkoe

Check out the Harvard Crimson's summary of our first event of the year, "From Trouble Teens to Tsarnaev: Promises and Perils of Adolescent Neuroscience and the Law."  This event was part… Read More

Law and Neuroscience

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition), 2015
by Owen D. Jones and Matthew R. Ginther

This encyclopedia entry discusses how the intersection of perennial legal questions and new neuroscientific advances has fueled the emergence of a new field: Law & Neuroscience. It provides an overview… Read More

2015 INS Annual Meeting: Student Essay Contest
International Neuroethics Society

Deadline: June 26, 2015

Second Annual Student Essay PrizeThe INS is pleased to announce a call for submissions for its Student Essay Prize in neuroethics, which is envisioned to promote interest in neuroethics at an early… Read More

This is Your Brain on Human Rights: Moral Enhancement and Human Rights

Law and Ethics of Human Rights, Vol 9, Issue 1, pp. 1-41 (2015) Symposium, Human Rights and Human Minds, 2015
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has authored a new paper on the use of moral enhacement to increase the respect for human rights. Abstract: It seems fair to say that human rights law takes the… Read More

Program Coordinator
The Center for Law, Brain and Behavior

Deadline: June 01, 2015

The Center for Law, Brain and Behavior  (CLBB) is searching for a savvy, flexible, and highly independent professional with an interest in law and neuroscience to join our team… Read More

April 14 Panel, “Does Brain-Based Lie Detection Belong in American Courtrooms?”

Petrie-Flom Center, April 7, 2015

Petrie-Flom Visiting Scholar Dr. Francis Shen served as a panelist at the Neuroethics Seminar Series event, "Does Brain-Based Lie Detection Belong in American Courtrooms?" at the Center for Bioethics,… Read More

Neuroscience in court

Nature, February 25, 2015
by Sara Reardon, quoting Amanda Pustilnik (Senior Fellow)

[...] "But some scientists and ethicists are concerned about where the increasing acceptance of pain imaging might lead. Pustilnik worries that it could become a sort of pass–fail test, not just… Read More

Senior Fellow for Law & Neuroscience Amanda Pustilnik Guest Lecturing in HLS Seminar

Petrie-Flom, January 21, 2015

As part of her work with the Petrie-Flom Center and Center for Law Brain and Behavior at MGH's Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, Senior Fellow Amanda C. Pustilnik will be a regular guest lecturer… Read More

Bioethics Funding Opportunity: Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas
The Greenwall Foundation

Deadline: January 12, 2015

New Bioethics Program, Spring 2015 Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas The Greenwall Foundation will fund a bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas to… Read More

Two Full-Time Faculty Positions
Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, University of Washington Seattle

Deadline: December 15, 2014

The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’ Research Institute and the Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine invite applications… Read More

Neuroethics Faculty Position
Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University

Deadline: December 01, 2014

The Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University announces a faculty position in bioethics, with a specialization in neuroethics. This will be a tenure track, assistant… Read More

Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Deadline: August 29, 2014

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is actively soliciting original manuscripts, responses, essays, and book reviews devoted to the examination of issues related to the intersection of law and… Read More

Call for Submissions: The 1st Annual International Neuroethics Society Student Essay Prize
International Neuroethics Society

Deadline: May 20, 2014

The International Neuroethics Society is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a new student prize in neuroethics, which is envisioned to promote interest in neuroethics at an early stage in student's… Read More

NEW Joint "Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience" for 2014-2016

Petrie-Flom Center, April 16, 2014

Official Press Release Wednesday, April 16, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior and Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center announce joint “Project… Read More

Ethics and Ontology in Deep Brain Stimulation

Neuroscience, January 30, 2014
by Michael J. Young (Petrie-Flom Student Fellow)

Rapid advancements in the fields of neurology and neuroscience over the past decade have enabled unprecedented progress toward the development of brain-modulating technologies and therapeutics. Central… Read More

Announcing the New Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2014
by Petrie-Flom Center and HLS, Duke University, and Stanford University

The Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School are delighted to announce our partnership with Duke University, Stanford University, and Oxford University Press to launch a new peer-reviewed, open access,… Read More

The Initiative on Neuroscience and the Law

Baylor College of Medicine

This initiative addresses how new discoveries in neuroscience can improve the way we make laws, punish criminals, and develop rehabilitation.  The project brings together a unique collaboration of… Read More

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Vanderbilt University

This is an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative with two main goals: (1) to help the legal system avoid misuse of neuroscientific evidence in criminal law contexts, and (2) to explore ways to deploy… Read More

A Judge’s Guide to Neuroscience: A Concise Introduction

MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project

This pamphlet is intended to answer some key questions about the relevance (or not) of neuroscience to law. Read More

A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience

by Stephen J. Morse and Adina L. Roskies, eds.

This handbook seeks to set forth a statement of the relation between criminal law and neuroscience for an audience of practicing lawyers, judges, and legal policy makers who are increasingly confronted… Read More

Law and Neuroscience: Current Legal Issues

by Michael Freeman, ed.

This edited volume includes contributions from some of the preeminent scholars in the field. Read More