Judicial Seminars on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience

AAAS and its collaborators have convened seminars to inform judges of the issues they may encounter in light of new developments in neuroscience.  Selected federal, state and administrative law judges have heard leading neuroscientists reflect on such topics as the neuroscience of violence and the brain, memory and lie detection, the adolescent brain, and states of consciousness.

This project to educate judges on advances in neuroscience has been supported by the Dana Foundation since 2006; nineteen seminars have been convened. Partnering organizations include the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association, The National Center for State Courts, and the Federal Judicial Center. In July of 2009, AAAS received the 2009 Judicial Education Award from the ABA Judicial Division’s National Conference of Specialized Court Judges for our judicial seminar work on emerging neuroscience issues.

Past Seminars