Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Owen D. Jones , Richard J. Bonnie , BJ Casey , Andre Davis , David L. Faigman , Morris B. Hoffman , Read Montague , Stephen Morse , Marcus E. Raichle , Jennifer A. Richeson , Elizabeth S. Scott , Laurence Steinberg , Kim A. Taylor-Thompson , Anthony D. Wagner and Gideon Yaffe (Vanderbilt University - Law School & Dept. of Biological Sciences , University of Virginia - School of Law , Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology , US Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit , University of California Hastings College of the Law , Second Judicial District Court Judge, State of Colorado , Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute , University of Pennsylvania Law School , Washington University School of Medicine , Northwestern University - Department of Psychology , Columbia University - Law School , Temple University , New York University School of Law , Stanford University - Psychology and Yale Law School) have posted Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
President Obama charged the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to identify a set of core ethical standards in the neuroscience domain, including the appropriate use of neuroscience in the criminal-justice system. The Commission, in turn, called for comments and recommendations.
The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience submitted a consensus statement, published here, containing 16 specific recommendations. These are organized within three main themes: 1) what steps should be taken to enhance the capacity of the criminal justice system to make sound decisions regarding the admissibility and weight of neuroscientific evidence?; 2) to what extent can the capacity of neurotechnologies to aid in the administration of criminal justice be enhanced through research?; and 3) in what additional ways might important ethical issues at the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice be addressed?