Roland Nadler


Roland Nadler
Visiting Researcher at the Center for Health Law, Policy & Ethics

A.B. is in Philosophy (Mind / Brain / Behavior) from Harvard
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Neuroethics) from the University of British Columbia
J.D. from Stanford Law School

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Roland Nadler


Roland Nadler is a neuroethicist and American-trained legal scholar whose research combines empirical social science with doctrinal and normative analysis in a bid to navigate the unfolding collision of brain science with law and society. He joins the Faculty as a visiting researcher to teach and write about issues at the intersection of neuroscience and law, with a focus on challenges posed by neuroscience-driven shifts in legally crucial moral and psychological concepts. He also brings methodological expertise in the design of experimental survey research aimed at quantitatively illuminating folk moral intuitions on topics of neuroethical importance.

His positions prior to arriving at the University of Ottawa include a federal clerkship at the United States District Court for the District of Maine, a year as a Fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Law and the Biosciences, and several years as a researcher at Neuroethics Canada (formerly the National Core for Neuroethics) at the University of British Columbia. His practical experience includes client work at the Stanford Community Law Clinic and case work for the Santa Clara County Counsel's Social Justice & Impact Litigation Section. He is a member of the State Bar of California and of the International Neuroethics Society, and has contributed to the MacArthur Law and Neuroscience Project as an external research consultant. His publications include a major empirical study on public attitudes toward cognitive enhancement, as well as work appearing in journals such as BioSocieties, Neuroethics, and the American Journal of Bioethics - Neuroscience.

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