Professor Carter Snead will speak at the “Judicial Seminar on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience” that is being held at Harvard Law School on September 20. His talk will discuss the ways in which information about neuroscience is currently entering the courts and what we can expect in the future.
The judicial seminars are convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to inform judges of the issues they may encounter in light of new developments in neuroscience. Selected federal and state judges have heard leading neuroscientists reflect on such topics as the neuroscience of moral decision, violence and the brain, memory and lie detection, and states of consciousness.
Professor Snead’s principal area of research is Public Bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. His scholarly works have explored issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, stem cell research, abortion, and end-of-life decisionmaking. Prior to joining the law faculty at Notre Dame in 2005, Snead served as General Counsel to The President’s Council on Bioethics.