Law Teacher, University of Sydney

Allan McCay teaches at the University of Sydney Foundation Program). He is also an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics, at Macquarie University.

In the past he has 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 the free will problem, philosophy of punishment and philosophy of artificial intelligence.

He has been a visiting researcher at the philosophy departments of the University of California, Riverside, the University of Stirling, and also at 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 edited collection (with Michael Sevel), Free Will and the Law: New Perspectives is published by Routledge (2019). His second co-edited book (with Nicole Vincent and Thomas Nadelhoffer), Neurointerventions and the Law: Regulating Human Mental Capacity is to be published by Oxford University Press in April 2020.


  • 2015–2019
    Lecturer, Sydney University