Francis Shen
Professor of Law
McKnight Presidential Fellow

Prof. Shen Featured in ABA Journal Article Highlighting Leaders in the Field of Neurolaw

Professor Francis Shen, director of the Shen Neurolaw Lab and executive director of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, is featured in an ABA Journal article highlighting leaders in the emerging field of neurolaw.

At the core of neuroscience and law, Shen says, is the recognition that our deepest desires, our interpersonal decisions, and the law’s regulation of those desires and decisions, are all inextricably linked to our unique neurobiology. “These are the things the legal system is ultimately protecting: protecting privacy, wanting to ensure safety and security and liberty.” Shen adds, “If there’s one thing I’d like to do with my lab, it is to communicate with the legal community that the brain is really this important. Every story is a brain story. If you get that far, then to me, all the questions that law asks get reshaped—in some form—as … brain [questions].”