Professor Nick Opie presents on advances in neurotechnology and the law

Professor Nick Opie, from the Department of Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, was an invited speaker at a Law Breakfast Forum in Sydney in December 2022. The forum focused on bringing together national and internationally acclaimed thought leaders and luminaries to discuss the world-first report from legal scholar, Dr Allan McCay, on the impact of neurotechnology on the practice of law.

Professor Nick Opie.

Professor Nick Opie from the Department of Medicine at Royal Melbourne Hospital, speaking at the Law Breakfast Forum in Sydney last year.

The report, commissioned by the Law Society of England and Wales, explores the potential impacts and ethics of brain monitoring technology – including in relation to the collection of evidence, the prevention of crime, privacy, sentencing, and the future of the profession as a whole.

Topics explored at the breakfast forum included the basics of neurotechnology, existing regulatory environments, challenges to the legal doctrine and proposed international law frameworks that may impact domestic legislation.