Neuroscience and Law

Complicated Crossings and New Perspectives

  • Antonio D’Aloia
  • Maria Chiara Errigo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Neuroscience and Law: Introductory Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Amedeo Santosuosso
      Pages 39-49
    3. Oliver R. Goodenough, Micaela Tucker
      Pages 51-68
    4. Antonio Gusmai
      Pages 81-94
    5. Paolo Sommaggio, Marco Mazzocca
      Pages 95-111
    6. Luigi Cominelli, Raffaella Folgieri, Claudio Lucchiari
      Pages 139-161
  3. Neuroscience, Health Rights and Human Being: New Challenges

  4. Mind, Brain and the Courtroom: Opportunities and Controversial Implications

About this book


There have been extraordinary developments in the field of neuroscience in recent years, sparking a number of discussions within the legal field. This book studies the various interactions between neuroscience and the world of law, and explores how neuroscientific findings could affect some fundamental legal categories and how the law should be implemented in such cases. 
The book is divided into three main parts. Starting with a general overview of the convergence of neuroscience and law, the first part outlines the importance of their continuous interaction, the challenges that neuroscience poses for the concepts of free will and responsibility, and the peculiar characteristics of a “new” cognitive liberty. In turn, the second part addresses the phenomenon of cognitive and moral enhancement, as well as the uses of neurotechnology and their impacts on health, self-determination and the concept of being human. The third and last part investigates the use of neuroscientific findings in both criminal and civil cases, and seeks to determine whether they can provide valuable evidence and facilitate the assessment of personal responsibility, helping to resolve cases.
The book is the result of an interdisciplinary dialogue involving jurists, philosophers, neuroscientists, forensic medicine specialists, and scholars in the humanities; further, it is intended for a broad readership interested in understanding the impacts of scientific and technological developments on people’s lives and on our social systems. 


Neuroscience Ethics Neuroscientific data brain imaging criminal trial civil law health law lie and memory detection self-determination medical law neuroenhancement brain computer interfaces brain surrogates Neurolaw Bioethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio D’Aloia
    • 1
  • Maria Chiara Errigo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Law, Politics and International Studies, University Center for BioethicsUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Law, Politics and International Studies, University Center for BioethicsUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly

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