Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention Symposium

Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention Symposium

Neurointerventions in Crime Prevention: Bioethical, Legal and Criminological Perspectives

3rd and 4th April 2017 - Sketty Hall, Swansea

Symposium leads: Marty Chamberlain (Swansea University) & Tom Douglas (University of Oxford)

Neuroscience is a fascinating area of study, focusing on the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system in terms of their function and dysfunction. Modern neuroscience holds out the promise of non-invasively but directly, effectively, efficiently, and maybe even permanently, altering people’s mental capacities. For example, brain active drugs and other ‘neuro-interventions’ could potentially be used to facilitate the rehabilitation of criminal offenders.

This fast developing field of study raises profound questions for criminology as a discipline surrounding the administration of law, order and justice: should offenders ever be offered or required to undergo such interventions? This symposium brings together leading academics from the fields of bioethics, philosophy, medicine, criminology and law, to explore and debate the policy, practice and pedagogical implications of a growing governmental and socio-legal emphasis on ‘neuro-crime’.

Confirmed speakers:

Chris Bennett (University of Sheffield)

Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Neurointerventions

Jan Christoph Bublitz (University of Hamburg)

Freedom of the Criminal Mind

David Birks (University of Kiel)

Neurointerventions and the Minimal Invasion Principle

John Danaher (NUI Galway)

Intervening in the wrong thing: External Scaffolds versus Internal Neurointerventions

Katrien Devolder (University of Oxford)

Neurointerventions to Prevent Crime and the Problem of Unjustified Incarceration Practices

Bebhinn Donnelly (Swansea University)

Neucroenhancement: Lessons from the ‘Good Brain’.

Dennis Paterson (Swansea University)

Conceptual Issues in the Interface between Law, Neuroscience and Criminology

Elizabeth Shaw (University of Aberdeen)

Enhancing the Capacities for Moral Agency through Neurointerventions

Hannah Maslen (University of Oxford) & Jonathan Pugh (University of Oxford)

Drugs That Make You Feel Bad'? Remorse-Based Mitigation and Neurointerventions

Jesper Ryberg (Roskilde University)

Neurointerventions, Treatment, and Punishment

Key readings in Neuroethics, Law and Criminology from Swansea University

A Philosophy of Criminal Attempts



A Philosophy of Criminal Attempts (2015, Cambridge University Press)

Professor Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov

Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience



Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience (2013, Oxford University Press)

Dr Michael S. Pardo and Professor Dennis Patterson 

 Legal Insanity and the Brain - Science, Law and European Courts



Legal Insanity and the Brain: Science, Law and European Courts (2016, Hart Publishing)

Dr Sofia Moratti and Professor Dennis Patterson


 Philosophical Foundations of Law and Neuroscience



Philosophical Foundations of Law and Neuroscience (2016, Oxford University Press)

Professor Dennis Paterson and Dr Michael S. Pardo 


Flickr album

Neurointerventions in Crime Preventions Symposium


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