Panel One: Neuroscience and Law: A Framework

Criminal Behavior and the Brain — 1 of 5 from Fordham Law School on Vimeo.

Panel One provides a framework for the issues that arise at the intersection of neuroscience and law.  The first presentation (Bennett) speaks to the ways in which the traditional criminal law must adapt to accommodate the role of neuroscience.  The second presentation (Faigman) discusses the challenge of applying the terms and practice of neuroscience research in a legal setting.  The third presentation (Murphy) focuses on the evidentiary questions that are raised by the introduction of neuroscience evidence in both criminal and civil cases.  The fourth presentation (Shen) provides a historical perspective suggesting that the merging of these fields may have occurred earlier than most people realize.


  • Elizabeth Bennett: Justice, Court of Appeal of British Columbia, Court of Appeal of Yukon, and Court Martial Appeal of Canada
  • David L. Faigman: John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law:  University of California, Hastings College of the Law; Co-Director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine:  University of California, San Francisco
  • Erin E. Murphy: Professor of Law:  New York University School of Law
  • Francis X. Shen: Associate Professor of Law and McKnight Land-Grant Professor:  University of Minnesota Law School


  • Clare Huntington: Professor and Associate Dean for Research:  Fordham Law School