Law and Contemporary Problems

A quarterly law journal publishing issues devoted to papers on a particular topic of contemporary interest. Topics usually reflect an interdisciplinary perspective with contributions by lawyers, economists, social scientists, scholars in other disciplines

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 1-2, Spring

Addiction, Genetics, and Criminal Responsibility
It is clear that genes build proteins, but God only knows what happens next.... If you want to know how the mind works, you should investigate the mind; not the brain, and still less the genome.... (1) I INTRODUCTION An immense proportion...
Behavioral Genetics and Crime, in Context
I INTRODUCTION Two experiences clarified for me precisely how worried people can get about the legal implications of behavioral genetics. First, I attended the 1994 conference on genes and crime, (1) at which interrupting protestors famously...
Behavioral Genetics Research and Criminal DNA Databases
I INTRODUCTION DNA identification databases have made it possible to apprehend the perpetrators of crimes ranging from auto theft and petty burglary (1) to serial rapes and murders. (2) Yet the laws establishing these databases have been the...
Behavioral Genetics: The Science of Antisocial Behavior
I INTRODUCTION Social scientists generally agree that a paradigm shift has occurred over the course of the last three decades of research in human behavior: the zeitgeist has moved away from a culturally centered, social learning model towards...
Considering Convergence: A Policy Dialogue about Behavioral Genetics, Neuroscience, and Law
I INTRODUCTION As the poet Mark Strand said, "The future is always beginning now." (1) When considering the social impact that neuroscience and behavioral genetics will have on the criminal justice system, scientists, lawyers, courts, and policymakers...
Dedication Professor Emeritus Melvin G. Shimm 1926-2005
Professor Shimm was a native of New York City, graduated with honors in 1947 from Columbia University after a hiatus of three years serving in the Army in World War II and emerging as a Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. He attended Yale Law School,...
Foreword
In April of 2005, a group of scientists, scholars, policymakers, and legal professionals gathered at Duke Law School to discuss the implications of attempts to introduce behavioral biology evidence into the criminal justice system. The conference,...
Genetic Predictions of Future Dangerousness: Is There a Blueprint for Violence?
I INTRODUCTION The brave new world of genomics, spurred on by the Human Genome Project, presents tantalizing possibilities for developments in criminal law as well as advances in medicine and understanding disease. DNA identification testing...
Genetics and Responsibility: To Know the Criminal from the Crime
I understand by responsibility nothing more than actual liability to legal punishment. It is common to discuss this subject as if the law itself depended upon the result of discussions as to the freedom of the will, the origin of moral distinctions,...
Misinformation, Misrepresentation, and Misuse of Human Behavioral Genetics Research
I INTRODUCTION "Behavioral genetics" does not describe a single field with a single set of methodological tools, nor does it describe a single explanatory project. Rather, different researchers are interested in answering different questions...
Revisiting the Legal Link between Genetics and Crime
I INTRODUCTION In 1994, convicted murderer Stephen Mobley became a cause celebre when he appealed his death sentence before the Georgia Supreme Court. (1) According to Mobley's counsel, the trial court should have enabled Mobley to be tested...
The Scarlet Gene: Behavioral Genetics, Criminal Law, and Racial and Ethnic Stigma
I INTRODUCTION Imagine that a scientist from the state university asks you and your family to participate in a study on a particular gene variant associated with alcoholism. The project focuses on your ethnic group, the Tracy Islanders, who have...
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