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Allan McCay

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    Research interests

    Philosophy of the criminal law and philosophy of punishment Free will Criminal responsibility Sentencing Indigenous issues and the criminal law Sociology of punishmentneuroscience and the criminal law Moral agencyGenetics


    CONTACT HOMEPAGE I am an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics, at Macquarie University and I teach at the University of Sydney Foundation Program. I am a member of the management committee of the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence at the Sydney Law School. I have taught at the law schools of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, and the Business School at the University of Sydney. I trained as a solicitor in Scotland and have also practiced in Hong Kong with the global law firm, Baker and McKenzie. I have been admitted to practice in the Australian jurisdictions New South Wales and Tasmania. I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013 and my thesis considered the ethical and legal merits of behavioural genetics based pleas in mitigation in sentencing. I am interested in free will, philosophy of punishment and the criminal law’s response to neuroscience. I have been a visiting researcher at the philosophy departments of University of California, Riverside, University of Stirling and also at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University. I have published in the journals Current Issues in Criminal Justice and the Indigenous Law Bulletin, and also in an edited collection entitled Free Will in Criminal Law and Procedure (Franz Steiner Verlag). In the popular media, I have discussed my research on the radio shows the Philosopher’s Zone (Radio National , The Wire (Community Radio) and Day Shift (ABC Central Coast). I have also been published in the Huffington Post, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald and my research has been discussed in the Australian. I have presented my work in a professional context to judges (and others) at the National Judicial College of Australia and to a range of staff at the New South Wales Department of Juvenile Justice. I am currently working on a book entitled Behavioural Genetics, Moral Agency and Retributive Sentencing: The Case for Mitigation. I am also co-editing a book entitled Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives. Both books are under contract with Ashgate.

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