Building a fairer justice system
Much of human life, including our legal system, hinges on asking – and answering – big questions. Are gaps in a witness’s memory normal, or a cause for suspicion? Can we objectively measure how much pain someone is in after an accident? Questions like these on how humans think, feel and behave (known as neuroscience) are increasingly being raised.
To provide answers, The Open University’s Paul Catley and Dr Lisa Claydon, are undertaking vital research into how our understanding of the brain affects justice. Their aim is to create the UK’s first dedicated Centre for Law and Neuroscience, a pioneering resource for lawyers, scientists and, vitally, society as a whole.
The centre will deliver everything from cutting-edge research that will influence policy makers and governments to the latest teaching methods and materials for legal professionals. We will make the implications of neuroscience research open to everyone, through free open education resources in free online courses and papers. With your support, we can ensure that everyone has access to a fair and well-informed justice system.