About this Speaker
Dr Allan McCay teaches at the University of Sydney Foundation Program and will again be lecturing in Criminal Law at the University of Sydney Law School in semester 2, 2020. He is a member of the Management Committee of the Julius Stone Institute of Jurisprudence, also at the University of Sydney Law School, and at Macquarie University is an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics. He has previously taught at the Law School at the University of New South Wales, and the Business School at the University of Sydney.
Allan trained as a solicitor in Scotland and has also practiced in Hong Kong with the global law firm Baker McKenzie.
He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney Law School and is interested in behavioural genetics, neuroscience, neurotechnology, and the criminal law. His philosophical interests relate to free will and punishment, and ethical issues emerging from artificial intelligence. In relation to legal practice, he is interested in behavioural legal ethics and the future of legal work.
He has been a visiting researcher at the philosophy departments of the University of California, Riverside, the University of Stirling, and the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University.
He has published in the journals Neuroethics, The Journal of Evolution and Technology, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, The International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, and The Indigenous Law Bulletin. His book (with Michael Sevel), Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives is published by Routledge.
His work has appeared in and/ or been discussed in Australian media sources including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, and Radio National, and overseas/global media sources including The Independent (UK), The Statesman (India), The Huffington Post and The Conversation.
Allan has presented at events for the general public, the technology sector, academics, legal practitioners, executive government, and the judiciary.