I am a philosopher. The concept of responsibility occupies centre stage in my scholarly pursuits, which span across the fields of neuroethics, neurolaw, ethics, philosophy of tort and criminal law, and political philosophy. My approach is analytic and empirically-informed, and my past work has 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.

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.

I returned to Sydney, Australia, in 2017, and I currently teach 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. I am writing a book entitled Outsmarted: Cognitive Enhancement and the Unexpected Consequences of Emerging Technologies funded by The Enhancing Life Project, as well as organising a neuroethics conference that will be held in Sydney on September 14-15, 2017.

Macquarie University
Department of Philosophy
Sydney NSW 2109
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Technische Universiteit Delft
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4th Foor, Jaffalaan 5
2628 BX Delft
The Netherlands