Thought Leadership

Is biology destiny? Free will and the law in the age of biotech

Tuesday 17 September · 5.00pm - 7.00pm · 1.5 CPD units

How will advancements in fields like neuroscience, biotechnology and behaviour change challenge our laws and legal system?

Law schools have begun to teach neuroscience and the law, and criminal courts around the world are finding culpability to be mitigated (sometimes aggravated) on the basis of brain imaging. Vast improvements over the last 10 years in imaging technology and understanding of neurological processes are challenging legal concepts and our very sense of self. Artificially intelligent brain implants have been trialled on at least one human and blur the line between technology as agent of the self or a component of the human mind. What ethics apply to biotechnology? Can we be ‘nudged’ into a brave new world, tailored to meet our every need? And amid the brain's powerful electrical impulses, is there room for what we are used to calling ‘free will’? 

Don't miss an engaging evening with our expert panellists as they discuss this important and thought-provoking topic. 

Event details

Date:   Tuesday 17 September
Time:   5.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue: The Law Society of New South Wales
               170 Phillip Street
               Sydney NSW 2000
CPD:    1.5 CPD Units

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  • Facilitator: Dr Nicole Vincent, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, University of Technology Sydney | Read bio
  • Dr Allan McCay, Lecturer, Criminal Law, University of Sydney Law School | Read bio
  • Kathy O’Donoghue, Co-CEO, Kantar Public Australia | Read bio
  • Professor Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld AC, OBE, Senior Neurosurgeon, Alfred Hospital | Read bio