A meeting of the minds on brain and law

Judy Illes, the director of the National Core for Neuroethics at UBC, and Julie Robillard, a post-doctoral fellow at the National Core for Neuroethics, write about the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which will feature a panel discussion on brain function and what we understand about moral responsibility, criminal behaviour and justice.
“This session will represent a golden opportunity to integrate international perspectives on these issues and to compare and contrast how the legal systems of Canada and the United States handle new neuroscience findings and their impact on law.”
“This emerging area of work was coined ‘neurolaw’ in 1991,” they write. “ In this age of new technologies and fast-paced neuroscience research, many eyes will be turned to neurolaw: a fiercely dynamic field, widely unpredictable, and one to watch.”

Vancouver Sun, Wed Feb 15 2012, Page: A11, By: Judy Illes and Julie Robillard, Link to full text