LAW AND NEUROSCIENCE: the work of Stephen Morse

9-10 June 2013, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
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Professor Stephen J. Morse is one of the world’s leading authorities on law and neuroscience. Over the past four decades he has published countless articles and chapters that have shaped debate in this field, as well as important collections including Foundations of Criminal Law (with Leo Katz & Michael S. Moore) and A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience (with Adina L. Roskies).

Professor Morse was Co-Director of the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project, a past president of Division 41 of the American Psychological Association, and a recipient of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology’s Distinguished Contribution Award. Currently he is a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a trustee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and Law.


This conference is convened to take critical appraisal of Professor Morse’s views, with a special emphasis on his work in the field of neurolaw, in hope of providing him with useful reflections as he turns his attention to writing his upcoming book Desert and Disease: Responsibility and Social Control. The conference will run over two days, and it will include the following presentations:

DAY 1: SUNDAY, 9 JUNE 2013
14.00-15.00 Stephen Morse’s Anomalous Monism
Michael S. PARDO University of Alabama School of Law
Dennis PATTERSON European University Institute, Department of Law
Coffee break
15.30-16.30 Stephen Morse and the Fundamental Psycho-legal Error
Michael S. MOORE University of Illinois College of Law
Coffee break
17.00-18.00 Beyond brain and behavior: bridging the gap
Stephan SCHLEIM Groningen University, Behavioural Sciences
DAY 2: MONDAY, 10 JUNE 2013
09.30-10.30 Morse on Addiction and Criminal Responsibility
Nicole A VINCENT Macquarie University & TU Delft, Departments of Philosophy
Jeanette KENNETT Macquarie University, Department of Philosophy
Anke SNOEK Macquarie University, Department of Philosophy
Coffee break
11.00-12.00 A new epidemic or overdiagnosis? The Brain Overclaim Syndrome
Henrik WALTER (Charité Berlin, Department of Psychiatry)
14.00-15.00 What does it mean to be a mechanism? Morse, non-reductivism, and mental causation
Katrina SIFFERD Elmhurst College, Department of Philosophy
Coffee break
15.30-16.30 On the appropriateness of blaming and punishing psychopaths
Marion GODMAN University of Helsinki
Anneli JEFFERSON Forschungszentrum Jülich
16.30-17.00 Closing remarks by Stephen J. MORSE UPenn Law School


Attendance at the conference is by expression of interest and payment of a registration fee of €150 (for non-EUI attendees; free for EUI attendees). To encourage discussion, we have chosen a conference venue with limited seating capacity. If you would like to register your interest in attending the conference then please email Nicole Vincent by Friday, 5 April 2013. We will confirm whether we can accommodate your request by Friday, 12th April 2013, at which point you will be asked to pay the registration fee.