Murder Genes and Dangerous Minds: New Roles for Genetics and Neuroscience in the Courts?

Gary Marchant

Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Law and Emerging Technologies, ASU

12:30 pm, Friday, October 17th
Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence
Crawford Hall, ground floor

Join us for a conversation with Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Law and Emerging Technologies at Arizona State University. Prof. Marchant will be raising issues about the role of genetics and other biological factors in criminal behavior.

  • Should genetics excuse criminal acts?
  • Are some people biologically predisposed to be violent?
  • How should the courts and society manage such individuals?

The event will be held in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence on the ground floor of Crawford Hall, Case Western Reserve University (corner of MLK and Euclid Avenue). Brown bag lunches are welcome; snacks and beverages will be provided.

About Gary E Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Law and Emerging Technologies.

B.Sc.; Ph.D. Genetics (1986), University of British Columbia
M.P.P., Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1990)
J.D., Harvard Law School (1990)

Professor Marchant was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology and editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 1999, he was a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, where his practice focused on environmental and administrative law. Professor Marchant teaches Environmental Law, Law, Science & technology, Genetics and the Law, and Environmental Justice. His current research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation and toxic torts, the precautionary principle, and legal issues relating to genetically modified foods.

  • Genomics and Toxic Substances: Part I-Toxicogenomics, 33 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REPORTER 10071-10093 (2003).
  • Toxicogenomics and Toxic Torts, 20 TRENDS IN BIOTECH 329-332 (2002).
  • Legal Criteria and Judicial Precedents Relevant to Incorporation of Hormesis into Regulatory Decision-Making, 288 THE SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT 141-153 (2002).
  • Genetics and Toxic Torts, 31 SETON HALL LAW REVIEW 949-982 (2001).
  • The Precautionary Principle: An 'Unprincipled' Approach to Biotechnology Regulation, 4 JOURNAL OF RISK RESEARCH 143-157 (2001).