[SydPhil] Launch of the Australian Neurolaw Database

Elizabeth Schier lizschier at gmail.com
Sun Nov 22 17:59:49 AEDT 2015

[Apologies for cross-postings]

*Please join us for the launch of the Australian Neurolaw Database - a
research collaboration between Macquarie University and Sydney Law School,*

*at 5.30pm on Tuesday 8 December 2015.*

*The data base will be opened by Justice Monika Schmidt of the Supreme
Court of NSW.*

Advances in neuroscience have in recent decades, yielded unprecedented
access to the structures and mechanisms of living human brains. The
emerging science promises to help us understand how our brains generate
behavior, emotions, capacities and mental states, and evidence from the
brain and mind sciences is being increasingly used to help provide excuses
for criminal acts, to prove injury for the purposes of compensation and to
demonstrate mental capacity, proof of consciousness, and evidence of
“invisible” injuries such as pain and psychiatric illness.  Research from
the United States indicates that the number of cases in the US involving
neuro-scientific evidence doubled from 2006 to 2009, and since 2000, the
number of law review articles involving neuroscience has quadrupled. But so
far little was known about the use of neuroscience in Australian courts.

The Australian Neurolaw Database initiative was started by Macquarie
University in 2011, and joined by the University of Sydney in 2015.  It
aims to contribute an Australian perspective to international research on
the impact of neuroscience on the development of law and on the
administration of justice. Hosted by Macquarie University, the data-base
will now be made available to the public as an open access collection of
Australian cases involving neuroscience evidence, spanning crime,
sentencing decisions, tort claims, professional regulation, testamentary
capacity, end-of-life decision making and more.

*Event Details *

*5.30pm, Tuesday 8 December *

Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of

*Registration *
Compulsory but free. *Click here *to register or visit

Elizabeth Schier
Departments of Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109
Ph: +61 403855647
Homepage: http://sites.google.com/site/lizschier/
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