Allan McCay

Allan McCay

Deputy Director, Sydney Institute of Criminology
The University of Sydney

Dr Allan McCay is Deputy Director of The Sydney Institute of Criminology and an Academic Fellow at the University of Sydney Law School. He coordinates the Legal Research units at the Sydney Law School, and lectures in Criminal Law.

Formerly a commercial litigator, Dr McCay was named by Australasian Lawyer as one of the most influential lawyers of 2021 for his work on neurotechnology and the law. He is the author of numerous academic and other publications, and his first coedited book Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives is published by Routledge and his second, Neurointerventions and the Law: Regulating Human Mental Capacity is published by Oxford University Press.

He was commissioned by the Law Society of England and Wales to write the report Neurotechnology, law and the legal profession, which was published in August 2022. This world-first consideration of brain-computer interfaces and other forms of neurotechnology was reported by media sources around the world in over 20 countries, including reports from the BBC and The Times. As well as being a TEDx speaker on neurotechnology and human rights, he is a member of the newly-formed Standards Australia brain-computer interface committee.

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