sabato 11 aprile 2015

Law and Neuroscience

In 2013 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. 

Last week (2015), the Bioethics Commission answered that call with a 154-page report divided in 4 Chapters (here), Chapter 4 of which addresses “Neuroscience and the Legal System”.  The Bioethics Commission cited sixteen works of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and its Members  – including a consensus statement of policy recommendations (here).

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?...

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