An article by Professor Adam Kolber recently placed among the top 10 downloads of Criminal Law and Procedure papers on SSRN, the world’s top open-access repository for scholarly research. The article, titled “Will There Be a Neurolaw Revolution?” and published in the Indiana Law Journal (2014), examines how new brain technologies will change society and the law.
Professor Kolber’s rationale is a departure from the conventional debate in neurolaw: that we do or do not have free will, each with specific legal implications. He argues that “neither side has persuasively made the case for or against a revolution in the way the law treats responsibility,” instead spelling out three advances in technology – artificial intelligence among them – that he says will reshape neurolaw.
His assertion is the latest in a career marked by bold thinking. In 2005, Professor Kolber created the Neuroethics & Law Blog and, in 2006, taught the first law school course devoted to law and neuroscience. He has also taught law and neuroscience topics to federal and state judges as part of a MacArthur Foundation grant. Recently, he was appointed to the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Journal of Law and the Biosciences.
At BLS, Professor Kolber writes and teaches in the areas of health law, bioethics, criminal law, and neurolaw and is affiliated with the Law School’s Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy and the Center for Law, Language & Cognition. He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton University's Center for Human Values and at NYU Law School's Center for Research in Crime and Justice. His work has been frequently discussed in the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Among his other publications are “Against Proportional Punishment,” in the Vanderbilt Law Review (2013); "Unintentional Punishment," in Legal Theory (2012); “The Experiential Future of the Law,” in the Emory Law Journal (2011); and “The Subjective Experience of Punishment,” in the Columbia Law Review (2009).
Professor Kolber began his academic career on the faculty of the University of San Diego School of Law. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced law with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. He graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review. Prior to law school, he was a business ethics consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.