CFP: Law and neuroscience: the work of Stephen Morse

Submission deadline: March 29, 2013

Conference date(s):
June 9, 2013 - June 10, 2013

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Conference Venue:

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 papers by:

  • Jeanette KENNETT (Macquarie University, Department of Philosophy)
  • Michael MOORE (University of Illinois, College of Law)
  • Stephen J. MORSE (UPenn, Law School)
  • Michael S. PARDO (University of Alabama, School of Law)
  • Dennis PATTERSON (European University Institute, Department of Law)
  • Katrina SIFFERD (Elmhurst College, Department of Philosophy)
  • Nicole A VINCENT (Macquarie University & TU Delft, Departments of Philosophy)
  • Henrik WALTER (Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry)

Contact: Nicole Vincent ([email protected])


A selection of papers from this conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal Criminal Law and Philosophy. More details will follow at a later stage.


In addition to presentations by the above scholars, two further slots have been created in the conference programme, and the intention is to fill these slots through this CFP. We seek critical and original contributions that challenge some important aspect of Professor Morse’s work.

To offer a paper, please email a 500 word abstract to Nicole Vincent ([email protected]) by FRIDAY, 29 MARCH 2013. Submissions will be assessed over the subsequent fortnight with acceptance/rejection letters sent by Friday, 12 April 2013.


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 ([email protected]) 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.

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