Dr. Janet Brewer

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-4572ext. 4572
  Office Location: E2535
  Office Hours: Mon. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. online;
  Tues. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. online, in-person on select days & By Appointment.
  College: CAS

Pre-Law - Minor
Global Studies - Minor
Criminal Justice - Minor
Criminal Justice - Master of Arts
Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Arts
Division of Arts and Letters



Criminal Law & Procedure; Trial Advocacy
Comparative Constitutional Process
Ethics; Bioethics; Neuroethics
Neuroscience & the Law
Indigenous Law



Dr. Janet Brewer is an Assistant Professor at Governors State University. She teaches undergraduate Comparative International Criminal Justice Systems, Judicial Process & Constitutional Issues, Exploring Ethics, Research Design, Crime Analysis, and Neuroscience & the Law. She also teaches graduate-level seminars, criminal law/mock trial, and qualitative research methods courses.

Dr. Brewer has over a decade of teaching experience both within the United States and abroad. She previously served as interim head of the LLM in International Human Rights Law at England’s fourth-ranked law school, the University of Manchester. She also directed the LLB ‘law with criminology’ program and taught on the ground-breaking Intercalated BSc/MSc in Health Care Ethics & Law for medical students adjudged ‘outstanding.’

Dr. Brewer has taught undergraduate students in law and related fields, graduate-level students including supervision of doctoral candidates, medical students, health care professionals, and practicing solicitors seeking Higher Rights of Audience (HRA) as a solicitor advocate throughout England and Wales. Dr. Brewer’s former students are attorneys practicing medical law or criminal defense within many common law and mixed jurisdictions, including the United States, Canada, India, Great Britain, and the Caribbean.


Dr. Brewer’s main areas of research interest and scholarship include the intersection of neuroscience and the law, cross-cultural comparative law and Constitutional process, the biological bases of criminal offending, especially their impact upon the elements of mens rea and the jurisprudence of legal insanity--specifically the role that neuroscience plays in understanding free will, culpability, judicial decision-making and sentencing. From a health justice perspective, her research focuses on socially-identifiable and vulnerable populations involved in biotech research primarily undertaken by multinational pharmaceutical companies within the developing world.

Dr. Brewer has established herself as a valid researcher, having authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited over fifty publications in neuroscience, law, and related domains. Her scholarship concerning indigenous law and jurisprudence is indexed in the National Indian Law Library. She was previously named a ‘must-read legal scholar’ by the Defense Counsel Journal,International Association of Defense Counsel. Her innovative interdisciplinary research has been published in the Journal of Health & Biomedical Law and the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. Her neuroscientific work recognizing an intersection between cancer genetics and catecholamine biosynthetic pathways continues to be a widely cited paper in psycho-oncology/molecular neuroscience.

Dr. Brewer received her Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif from DePaul College of Law where she served on the DePaul Law Review and was editor of the Journal of Health Care Law. She served as Student Advisor on Mitochondrial DNA Evidence for DePaul’s Center for Law & Science; completed a legal externship at the American Medical Association, Division of Ethics Standards, Section of Genetics; and she served as a legal extern and assistant to the Vice President of Legal Affairs, Center for Psychiatry & the Law, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago.

She is both a neuropsychologist and a licensed attorney with significant clinical and forensic experience. Example case consultations include whether a teen who shot his mother should be tried as an adult and whether an elderly defendant was malingering dementia to avoid criminal prosecution. Dr. Brewer is admitted to practice law in the Circuit, Appellate, and Supreme courts of Illinois. She previously practiced law in Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association.


American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology

American Bar Association

  • Solo Practice Division
  • Behavioral & Neuroscience Law Committee
  • Scientific Evidence Committee

American Psychological Association

  • Division 40 Society of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Division 41 American Psychology-Law Society (Undergraduate Paper Award Committee)

Chicago Bar Association

International Academy of Law & Mental Health

International Bar Association

  • Legal Practice Division: Law and Individual Rights Section
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee
  • Indigenous Peoples Committee
  • Public and Professional Interest Division: Rule of Law Forum
  • Regional Forum: North American Regional Forum