JSI Seminar Series 2013: Allan McCay

5 September 2013

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The Fernando Principles and genetic vulnerabilities to the crimogenic effects of social environments

Justice Wood in R v Stanley Edward Fernando enunciated principles concerning the mitigating effect of certain social circumstances in respect of the sentencing of Aboriginal offenders. These principles have gone on to exert influence in New South Wales and other states. They are currently being considered by the High Court in the Bugmy and Munda cases,

Although the cases before the High Court do not focus on genetics, this paper will consider the possibility that some who encounter Fernando environments have a genetic vulnerability to the crimogenic effects of such environments and, as a result, may deserve more mitigation than is currently granted.

Allan McCay teaches at the University of Sydney Foundation Program and is a PhD candidate at the Sydney Law School. He is also engaged in the construction of a Neurolaw database at Macquarie University's Centre for Agency Value and Ethics.

In the past he has been an associate solicitor with Baker and McKenzie in Hong Kong, and a visiting researcher in the philosophy departments of the University of California, Riverside and the University of Stirling.

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Location: Faculty Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free - Registration Essential

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