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The development of mechanical ventilation and the emergence of heart transplantation has, since the 1960s, necessitated a new definition of death, focusing on the brain in the living human. Revolutionizing neuroscience and medicine, these developments have led to an upsurge of interest in the potential of neuroscience to contribute to our understanding of criminal law and justice.
The international and interdisciplinary chapters in this volume are written by experts in criminal behaviour and justice. These chapters concentrate on the potential of neuroscience to increase our understanding of blame and responsibility in such areas as juveniles and the death penalty, evidence and procedure, neurological enhancement and treatment, property, end-of-life choices, contracting and the effects of words and pictures in law. Suggesting that legal scholarship and practice will be increasingly enriched by an interdisciplinary study of law, mind and brain, this collection is a valuable addition to the emerging field of neurolaw.