Upcoming BAFS Events

International Conference: Neuroscience and the Law
Date: 14th of May 2022
Venue: Gray's Inn

A multi-disciplinary meeting to discuss and debate the place of neuroscience in the law, now and in the future.

Due to the nature of this event, Chatham House Rule applies throughout the whole duration of the event.



Morning: Specific Topics in Neuroscience and the Law
Chairs: Tracy Alexander, Siobhan Grey QC.



09.45—Dame Bobbie Cheema-Grubb – ‘Setting the scene’    

10.05—Madeleine Payne (UCL) 'Adolescent sociocognitive development and implications for the law'

10.35—Dr Huw Williams (Exeter) – Head Injury in offenders.       


11.25—Prof Heather Flowe (Birmingham) – Alcohol and substance misuse in offenders 

11.55 —Prof Keith Rix (Chester) Automatism cases as the law stands    

12.25—Prof Ronnie Mackay (De Montfort) – Automatism as the Law Commission proposes     

12.40—General discussion.



Afternoon:  The future of Neuroscience in the Law.
Chairs:  Prof  Michael Kopelman, Siobhan Grey QC

Discussion/Debate: ‘Will Neuroscience change fundamentally the nature of court practice?’

14:00—The case for  -  Prof Adrian Raine (UPenn, USA)

14:20—The case for - Dr Nick Davis (Manchester Metropolitan Univ)   

14:40—The case against -  Prof Dennis Patterson (Surrey)         

15:00—The case against - Prof Andrew Forrester (Cardiff)

15:20—General Discussion from the floor.

16:00—Summing up (Discussants):

16:00—Prof Chris Frith FRS (UCL) (Neuroscience)      

16:15—Lord Hughes (Law)

16:30—Tea and Close

Closest Tube Stations:

Chancery Lane (Central line) and Holborn (Central and Picadilly line).


Access ramp with handrails leading up to Hall is available at the venue. Further accessability and location information can be found by clicking on the link below.

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