Neuroscience, Law & Government – Akron

The University of Akron School of Law hosts Neuroscience, Law & Government, Sept. 25-26, 2008. The call for abstracts deadline is May 2, 2008.

Update (8/14/08): The conference website is here.

On September 25 and 26, 2008, The University of Akron School of Law will host a symposium on Neuroscience, Law & Government. Fascinating neuroscience developments are changing how we perceive and understand the world around us. Many neuroscience discoveries have important implications for both law and government, particularly in detecting deception and visualizing mental illness, injury or disease. The U.S. Government is interested in potential uses for neuroscience, and the courts have begun to admit neuroimaging evidence at trial. This symposium considers the complicated intersections of neuroscience with government and law. Topics that may be included are:

  • The current state of neuroscience and neuroimaging research
  • Scientific and legal reliability standards for neuroscience research
  • Neuroscience research and the “war on terror” – accuracy, privacy, national security, and the role of the state
  • The legal implications of brain, mind, and person
  • The Military Commissions Act and the admissibility of neuroscience evidence in tribunals
  • Neuroscience and proof of mental illness, injury, and disease in criminal and civil trials
  • Neuroscience and neuroimaging in death penalty cases
  • Neuroscience and privacy

We are currently soliciting abstracts for those interested in presenting at the symposium. Interested persons should send an abstract and CV to symposium chair, Professor Jane Campbell Moriarty, at moriart[at] by May 2, 2008. The law school plans to publish a symposium edition in its law review composed of papers and presentations.

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Henry T. Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law at Stanford. Greely is a leading expert on legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding health law and the biosciences, and co-director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law & Neuroscience Project. Other confirmed speakers include:
• Professor Jay D. Aronson, History, Carnegie Mellon University
• Professor Nita Farahany, Vanderbilt Law School
• Professor Daniel Langleben, Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania;
• Professor Jonathan H. Marks, Bioethics, Humanities and Law, Pennsylvania State University;
• Professor Michael L. Perlin, New York Law School
• Professor Stacey Tovino, Drake Law School

To submit proposals or for further information, contact:

Professor Jane Campbell Moriarty
The University of Akron School of Law
150 University Ave
Akron, OH 44325-2901