Professor Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov

Head of School of Law | Professor in Neuroscience, Law and Legal Philosophy
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Diane Donnelly
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Academic and research departments

School of Law.



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Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov (2021)What it Means to be Responsible for Action: Mind and Movement in Criminal Law, In: Journal of law, information and science26(1) Wm. W. Gaunt and Sons Inc
Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov (2021)Neuroscience and the Moral Enhancement of Offenders: The Exceptionally ‘Good’ Brain as a Thought Experiment, In: Neurolawpp. 229-250 Springer International Publishing

Rather than ask a common question—how brain ‘abnormalities’ affect moral assessments of the wrongdoer—this paper considers how our response to the good person might change on learning that their unusual brain enhances their goodness. Is the person with an extremely ‘good’ brain morally better, or worse indeed, than the rest of us? What, if anything, might it mean for us to be enhanced relative to the good person or for the ‘good’ person to be enhanced relative to us? What follows ethically for neuroenhancement and our approach to criminal offending? An insight, given added prominence by the change in focus, is that interventions have the potential not just to change the person, but to change what it is to be persons.

Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov (2021)Evil trolley turners; what they do and how they do it, In: Jurisprudence (Oxford, England)12(2)pp. 259-268 Taylor & Francis

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