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Neurolaw Workshop

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Nottingham Trent University is excited to be hosting a workshop on issues relating to neuroscientific evidence and the law. A neurologist, expert witness and legal academic specialising in law and neuroscience will be presenting on how the courts handle neuroscientific evidence from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. These presentations will be followed by a session to raise the important questions and discuss how to drive the research agenda forward in the UK context.

  • From: Wednesday 6 June 2018, 10 am
  • To: Wednesday 6 June 2018, 4.15 pm
  • Location: Chaucer 2702, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT,
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 6 June 2018, 8.00 am
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Event details

The advance of technology has enabled more and more sophisticated techniques for looking at brain structure and function. The interpretation and application of such neuroscientific evidence is crucial to ensure that the criminal justice system is helped, rather than hindered, by this new technology. Fallacies arise with new types of evidence, such as Morse’s psycho-legal error, which is where the person believes that “causation, especially abnormal causation, is per se an excusing condition”. Yet it may also be right to reconsider the tests for capacity in light of new ways of assessing the brain and new understandings.

This event is aimed at lawyers, both practitioners and academics, interested in the area of law and neuroscience. It is designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding neuroscientific evidence in the British courts. The focus of this event is on the assessment of criminal responsibility and is part of the University's research strategy following the Health and Well-being theme.

The event aims to generate insights into the application of neuroscience in British courts and advance the research agenda to address the questions posed by legal practitioners. We look forward to welcoming interested practitioner and academics with an interest in expert evidence, the assessment of criminal responsibility, and/or philosophical and policy issues related to the application of neuroscience in the courts.

This event is free to attend and includes lunch.


10 am - 10.30 am Registration and refreshments
10.30 am - 10.40 am Welcome and introduction
10.40 am - 11.40 am Medical expert evidence - Dr Ian Morrison
11.40 am - 12.40 pm Legal issues - Dr Lisa Claydon
12.40 pm- 1.15 pm Lunch
1.15 pm - 2.15 pm Important questions in neurolaw - Dr John Rumbold
2.15 pm - 3 pm Breakout sessions - generating ideas
3.15 pm - 3.30 pm Refreshments
3.30 pm - 4 pm Panel discussion
4 pm - 4.15 pm Wrapping up

Booking information

This event is free to attend. Please book your place using the registration button at the top of this page.

Location details


City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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Dr John Rumbold
+44 (0)115 848 3572