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’.