Tova Bennet is a doctoral student in criminal law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University. She is also affiliated with the Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health (CELAM), a research center at the University of Gothenburg which conducts, supports and disseminates research about mental disorders, aggressive behavior and moral and legal responsibility in an interdisciplinary framework.
Bennet’s dissertation studies the cognitive prerequisites for criminal responsibility in Swedish criminal law. The project investigates how concepts and ideas regarding criminal responsibility, such as intent, ‘insight,’ and awareness, are interpreted and applied in legal theory and practice as well as in forensic psychiatric expert opinions. Her research interests concern the interface between criminal law, philosophy and psychiatry. She has published papers on legal insanity, medical expert opinions in international criminal law, and delusions and criminal responsibility.