Federica Coppola is a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience and a lecturer in Criminal Law and Neuroscience at Columbia University in the City of New York. Her work uses neuroscientific and behavioral knowledge about the role of emotions and the social environment in social behavior to inform changes in criminal law doctrines, theories of punishment and penal practices. Currently, her main focus is to use this branch of scientific findings to support the reform of punitive approaches to crime in the U.S. criminal justice system. She has published articles and book chapters on culpability, excuse doctrines, punishment, and forensic uses of neuroscientific evidence. Her first book The Emotional Brain and the Guilty Mind: A Novel Paradigm of Criminal Culpabilityis forthcoming from Hart Publishing. She earned a JD summa cum laude from University of Bologna Law School in 2010 and an LLM in Comparative, European, and International Laws from the European University Institute in 2014. She received a PhD in Law from the European University Institute in 2017.
Coppola, F (2019). The Brain in Solitude: An (other) Eighth Amendment Challenge to Solitary Confinement, Journal of Law and the Biosciences (Oxford University Press), 1-42. DOI: 10.1093/jlb/lsz014
Coppola, F (2018). Valuing Emotions in Punishment: An Argument for Social Rehabilitation with the Aid of Social and Affective Neuroscience, Neuroethics (Springer), 1-18. DOI: 10.1007/s12152-018-9393-4
Coppola, F (2019). Motus Animi in Mente Insana: A Paradigm of Legal Insanity Informed by the Neuroscience of Moral Judgments and Decision-making, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 109(1), 1-68
I obtained master’s degrees in philosophy and psychology and received my PhD in 1995 at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Currently I am associate professor (Theoretical Cognitive Science) at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, at the Radboud University Nijmegen.
My research focuses on the implications of Cognitive neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence for human self-understanding. I investigate the ethical and societal implications of research in, and the ensuing technologies of, CNS and AI, such as Robotics, Brain-Computer Interfacing, and Deep Brain Stimulation. I am particularly interested in the integration of empirical work (i.e. experimentation, computational modeling, and robotics) with philosophical issues regarding knowledge, identity, agency, responsibility and intelligent behavior. I have published in journals such as American Journal of Bioethics, Neuroethics, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and Journal of Social Robotics.
I teach in bachelor and master programs of Artificial Intelligence Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychology (e.g. Introduction to Robotics, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Neurophilosophy, Conscious and Unconscious Processes). I have often given courses abroad (e.g. University of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and University of Trento, Italy).
Regularly I give presentations to general, non-scientific, audiences on a variety of topics within Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g. on free will, neuroscience and law, consciousness, implications of robotics, ethics, neurotechnology, etc.).
David Roef is associate professor in criminal law and extraordinary professor criminal law and neuroscience at Maastricht University. He has been frequently involved in legal research related to comparative criminal law, environmental criminal law, criminal liability of legal entities and neurolaw. He currently lectures in courses on substantive criminal Law, law and neurosciences, and criminal policy. Most recently he published with co-author and co-editor Dr. Johannes Keiler the handbook Comparative Concepts of Criminal Law (Intersentia, 3rd revised edition, 2019, ISBN 978-1-78068-685-1).
Corrado Roversi is associate professor at the University of Bologna, where he teaches Philosophy of Law. He holds a Ph.D. in analytic philosophy and the general theory of law (awarded by the Università Statale in Milan). He is assistant editor of Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.) and has worked on the project A Treatise of Legal Philosophy and General Jurisprudence (Berlin, Springer), of which he has edited the second tome of the last volume (along with Enrico Pattaro), titled Legal Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: The Civil Law World (2016). He is also among the editors of the recent collection Law as an Artifact (Oxford University Press, 2018). His research is focused on legal ontology, the pragmatics of legal acts, and the phenomenology of institutional concepts.