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Neurolaw: Brain Mind Law and Ethics - LAWS6335

Year - 2018

This unit explores the intersection between brain sciences and law. We examine the implications of new neuroscience research for key legal principles, as well as ethical questions concerning the need for special regulation of brain and mind research. Students will critically analyse the potential and limits of the use of neuroscience evidence in the courtroom on questions of criminal responsibility and civil liability. In the criminal context, we explore the question, what does it mean to claim that ¿my brain made me do it?¿. And in relation to civil suits, we consider the use of neuroscience evidence as proof of ¿invisible injuries¿ such as pain and psychiatric harm. Students will consider the potential for neuroscience research to contribute to the definition of legal capacity, and efforts to support legal decision making for people with mental impairments. The ethical implications of brain sciences research will also be critically analysed as part of a broader consideration of whether special regulation is warranted.

Compulsory in-person workshop held at university campus: Aug 23 & 24 (9-4)

online participation (10%), 1700wd case analysis (30%), 4000wd essay (60%)

Additional information
This unit is offered in online mode, with a compulsory face-to-face workshop conducted over 2 days at university campus. Students are required to digest materials posted in the Learning Management System each week, including traditional academic literature and multi-media resources, and to complete weekly online tasks (including quizzes and discussion questions).


Faculty: Sydney Law School

Intensive August

23 Jul 2018

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Sascha Callaghan
HECS Band: 3
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