I am a philosopher, and the concept of responsibility occupies centre stage in my scholarly pursuits. A significant portion of my work is in the fields of neuroethics, neurolaw, ethics, philosophy of tort and criminal law, and political philosophy. My approach is analytic and empirically-informed, and my publications and talks have devoted equal attention to tackling conceptual, normative, metaphysical and practical problems. For example, I have written about such topics as the different meanings of the term “responsibility”, the compatibility of responsibility and determinism, medical interventions to make criminal offenders competent for execution, how neuroscience and behavioural genetics fit into criminal responsibility adjudication procedures, tort liability for failure to use cognitive enhancement medications, and whether people who live unhealthy lifestyles should have de-prioritised access to public health care resources and to organ transplants. More recently, my work has branched out into the philosophy of technology, ethics of technology, feminism, gender studies, and happiness. My approach continues to be analytic and empirically-informed, and in addition to neurolaw and neuroethics I am now also writing about such topics as whether neuroscience can help us lead happier lives, transhumanism and posthumanism in film, how to tackle gendered cyberhate and cybercrime, conscientious objection, public policy on transgender related issues, and value-sensitive design and regulation of emerging technologies including gene editing, biometrics, blockchain, and autonomous vehicles.

In mid-2007 I obtained my PhD in philosophy of tort law from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, with a dissertation entitled “Responsibility, Compensation and Accident Law Reform”. From late 2007 until early 2016 I was affiliated with the Philosophy Section at Technische Universiteit Delft in The Netherlands. Initially, as a postdoc working on Dr Gert-Jan Lokhorst’s neurolaw research project entitled “The Brain and The Law”; and then as chief investigator of the international research project “Enhancing Responsibility: the effects of cognitive enhancement on moral and legal responsibility”. From February 2011 until July 2013 I was a research fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia working on a project entitled “Reappraising the Capacitarian Foundation of Neurolaw”. From August 2013 until December 2016 I was an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Neuroscience at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, USA.

In 2017 I returned to Sydney, Australia, and have been teaching in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University, where I am an Honorary Fellow and Affiliate Member of the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics, as well as in the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. Apart from finishing off a number of papers and an edited volume, my main project for 2018 is to complete the second draft of my book entitled Outsmarted: Cognitive Enhancement and the Unexpected Consequences of Emerging Technologies funded by The Enhancing Life Project.

Macquarie University
Department of Philosophy
Sydney NSW 2109
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Technische Universiteit Delft
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The Netherlands