About

The Research Network was founded in 2021. Its aims are to:

  1. share related empirical, theoretical, and doctrinal research,
  2. provide a forum for conversations about research and jurisprudence in this area,
  3. strengthen multi- and inter-disciplinary collaborations.

Short Bio of convenors

Jan Christoph Bublitz is a legal scholar at the University of Hamburg. His research interests are in criminal & human rights law, legal theory, and issues at the intersections of law, philosophy and cognitive sciences. He is currently working on two international and interdisciplinary research collaborations, one on Memory, Trauma & the Law, the other on legal and ethical issues arising from the blending of Artificial and Organic Intelligence through neurotechnologies, Hybrid Minds. Dr Bublitz also co-edits the book series Palgrave Studies on Neuroscience, Law & Human Behavior and is an associate editor of the journal Neuroethics. He has published extensively on the topic of freedom of thought and mental autonomy. Follow: @JCBublitz

Bethany Shiner is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University London and a Dphil (PhD) candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. Her thesis research is on the right to freedom of thought under article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights under the supervision of Professor Kate O’Regan and Professor Nazila Ghanea. Bethany has several peer-reviewed publications including a co-edited special issue, ‘The Right to Freedom of Thought: A Comparative Study’ in the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance ([2021] 8(2-3) 107-270) with Dr Patrick O’Callaghan. Prior to joining Middlesex University, Bethany qualified as a legal aid judicial review solicitor and prior to that studied Art and Politics (MA, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Art and Psychology (BA, Univerity of Liverpool/Liverpool Hope University). Follow: @bethanyshiner14

Kelly Amal Dhru is a doctoral candidate and a research associate at the Faculty of Law, University of Hamburg. She is a law graduate from Gujarat National Law University in India, and holds BCL and MPhil in Law from University College, University of Oxford, and LLM from Harvard Law School, where she was a Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellow. She is the co-founder of Lawtoons and the Indian Bioethics Project. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the role of the capacity for decisional autonomy and legal right-holding in the context of emerging neurotechnologies. Follow: @kellydhru

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This is a non-commercial academic research network run by several scholars in their private capacities.
Responsibility for the content of this website, pursuant to German law is,
Dr. J. Bublitz / Süderstraße 114 / 20537 Hamburg / Germany – info@freedom-of-thought.org