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Stephen J. Morse

Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry; Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society

Stephen Morse

Stephen J. Morse works on problems of individual responsibility and agency. Morse has published numerous interdisciplinary articles and chapters and has co-edited collections, including (with A. Roskies) A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience and (with L.Katz & M. Continue reading…


  • Criminal Law
  • Mental Health Law


CRIME AND CULPABILITY: A THEORY OF CRIMINAL LAW (2009) (contributing author, with Larry Alexander & Kimberly Kessler Ferzan).
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FOUNDATIONS OF CRIMINAL LAW. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1999; Foundation Press, 2000 (co-edited with L. Katz & M.S. Moore).
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Articles and Book Chapters


Brief of Amici Curiae of 11 Addiction Experts in Support of Appellee, Commonwealth v. Eldred, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (September 2017) (No. SJC-12279) (with Gene M. Heyman, Scott O. Lilienfeld, & Sally L. Satel).

How Should Justice Policy Treat Young Offenders? (MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, February 2017) (with B J. Casey, Richard J. Bonnie, Andre Davis, David L. Faigman, Morris B. Hoffman, Owen D. Jones, Read Montague, Marcus E. Raichle, Jennifer A. Richeson, Elizabeth S. Scott, Laurence Steinberg, Kim A. Taylor-Thompson, Anthony D. Wagner).

NeuroEthics: NeuroLaw, in Oxford Handbooks Online (Sanford Goldberg ed., February 2017).

Predicting the Knowledge-Recklessness Distinction in the Human Brain (February 9, 2017). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016 (with Iris Vilares, Michael Wesley, Woo-Young Ahn, Richard J. Bonnie, Morris B. Hoffman, Owen D. Jones, Gideon Yaffe, Terry Lohrenz, Read Montague).

Moore on the Mind, in LEGAL, MORAL, AND METAPHYSICAL TRUTHS: THE PHILOSOPHY OF MICHAEL S. MOORE (Kimberly Kessler Ferzan & Stephen J. Morse eds., Oxford 2016)

Actions Speak Louder than Images: The Use of Neuroscientific Evidence in Criminal Cases, J. L. & BIOSCI. (2016).

Criminal Law and Common Sense: An Essay on the Perils and Promise of Neuroscience, 99 MARQ. L. REV. 39 (2015).

Neuroprediction: New Technology, Old Problems, 8 BIOETHICA FORUM 128 (2015).

Neuroscience, Free Will, and Criminal Responsibility, in FREE WILL AND THE BRAIN: NEUROSCIENTIFIC, PHILOSOPHICAL, AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES (Walter Glannon ed., Cambridge 2015).

Law and Neuroscience: Recommendations Submitted to the President's Bioethics Commission, 1 J. L. & BIOSCI. 224 (2014). (with Owen D. Jones, Richrd J. Bonnie, B. J. Casey, Andre Davis, David L. Faigman, Morris B. Hoffman, Read Montague, Marcus E. Raichie, Jennifer A. Richeson, Elizabeth S. Scott, Laurence Steinberg, Kim A. Taylor-Thompson, Anthony D. Wagner, Gideon Yaffe)

Commentary: Reflections on Remorse, 42 J. AM. ACAD. PSYCHIATRY & L. 49 (2014).

Common Criminal Law Compatibilism, in NEUROSCIENCE AND LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY (Nicole A. Vincent ed. 2013).

A Good Enough Reason: Addiction, Agency and Criminal Responsibility, 56 INQUIRY 490 (2013).

Abolition of the Insanity Defense Violates Due Process, 41 J. AM. ACAD. PSYCHIATRY & L. 488 (2013) (with Richard J. Bonnie).

Legal Regulation of Addictive Substances and Addiction, in ADDICTION NEUROETHICS: THE ETHICS OF ADDICTION NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH AND TREATMENT 261 (Adrian Carter et al. eds., 2012).

New Therapies, Old Problems, or, a Plea for Neuromodesty, 3 AM J. BIOETHICS: NEUROSCIENCE 60 (2012).

Neuroimaging Evidence in Law: A Plea for Modesty and Relevance, in NEUROIMAGING IN FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY: FROM THE CLINIC TO THE COURTROOM 341 (Joseph R. Simpson ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
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Mental Disorder and Criminal Law, 101 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 885 (2011).

Lost in Translation?: An Essay on Law and Neuroscience, LAW AND NEUROSCIENCE, 13 CURRENT LEGAL ISSUES 529 (Michael Freeman, ed., 2011).

Gene-Environment Interactions, Criminal Responsibility, and Sentencing, in GENE INTERACTIONS IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 207 (Kenneth A. Dodge & Michael Rutter, eds., Guilford Press, 2011).

Neuroscience and the Future of Personhood and Responsibility, in CONSTITUTION 3.0: FREEDOM AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE 113 (Jeffrey Rosen & Benjamin Wittes eds., Brookings Institution Press, 2011).

The Uneasy Entente Between Legal Insanity and Mens Rea: Beyond Clark v. Arizona, 97 J. CRIM. L. & CRIMINOLOGY 1071 (2007).

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Working Papers

Involuntary Competence in United States Criminal Law (February 23, 2017), in FITNESS TO PLEAD: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES (Ronnie Mackay & Warren Brookbanks eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018).; U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-20. (forthcoming 2018)
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Neuroscience in Forensic Contexts: Ethical Concerns, in ETHICS CHALLENGES IN FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE (Ezra E. H. Griffith ed., Columbia 2018).
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Addiction, Choice and Criminal Law, in ADDICTION AND CHOICE: RETHINKING THE RELATIONSHIP (Nick Heather & Gabriel Segal eds., Oxford U.P. 2017).
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Law, Responsibility, and the Sciences of the Brain/Mind, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF LAW, REGULATION, AND TECHNOLOGY (Roger Brownsword, Eloise Scotford, & Karen Yeung ed., Oxford 2017).
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Research Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Mental Health Law
  • Neuroscience and Law


Penn Law - Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law (1988-); Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry (1991-); Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1990-92)

USC - Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law (1982-88); Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1979-80); Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences (1979-88); Professor of Psychology (1982-88); Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences (1977-79)

Visiting Professor - California Institute of Technology (Law and Social Science); Cardozo; Georgetown; Virginia

Trustee, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 1995-2004


  • Criminal Law
  • Mental Health Law
  • Freedom & Responsibility
  • Perspectives on Cognitive Neuroscience: Mind, Brain and Society (co-taught in the College's Pilot Program)

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