Law and Neuroscience Winter School 2015 - ECLT - Università di Pavia

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Law and Neuroscience Winter School 2015

Winter School 2015
In their everyday practice, lawyers need to face situations, which are multidisciplinary by definition, such as evaluating scientific elements in a case they are working on, or choosing the best scientific experts to consult., The use of neuroscientific and advanced technological tools in the legal setting has been recently increasing, due to an enthusiastic approach to the studies on the brain shown by part of the legal community. Both a faithful or diffident approaches however, can lead to an improper use of these techniques when they are not supported by an actual knowledge and understanding of them. On the other hand, neuroscientists are more and more involved, in evaluating defendants using specific tools. Their knowledge of the rules, limits and needs of law and courts is often superficial, but the impact of their reports and researches on legal decisions, not only in criminal law but also in civil law can be relevant . A better interdisciplinary interaction between scholars in law and scholars in neuroscience can thus be very fruitful.

Scientists researching in the field of artificial intelligence, robotics and new technologies often have to face the gap between what they can produce and the legal framework for these devices. Last but not least, philosophers and ethicists are also involved in the debate because of the potential ethical and social impact of neuroscientific discoveries and new technological applications.

The Law & Neuroscience Winter School is a school open to scientists and non scientists. Basic scientific information are provided on Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Genetics for non scientists while basic law concept are discussed for non-lawyers. The core of the activity is devoted to the intersection between law and neurosciences, in a comparative perspective. The school is directed to graduate/master - degree students and PhD Students, and professionals. The aim of the school is to provide proper information about the increasingly advanced neuroscientific findings and techniques, and to give students the chance to study how neuroscience impacts on different legal systems and how the philosophical debate about the role of science in shaping ethics and law has been influenced by its recent advancements.

The course is designed for:
  • graduate (master-degree) students,
  • PhD Students and early-stage researchers enrolled in the faculties of Law, Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology,
  • professionals in the field of Law, Psychology or Neuroscience in an early stage of their careers.


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