Fatos Selita

Founder of UKLSA.

Fatos is a Barrister of England and Wales and an Attorney and Counselor at Law of the State of New York, USA, with multi-disciplinary training, including Law, Genetics, Psychology, Engineering and Strategy.  He is a Lecturer and Director of AIR Courses at Goldsmiths, University of London, which include, – Genetic Law: Genetics, Law and Ethics; – Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour; – Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour; – International Business Law in Practice; and – Public Speaking; a Lecturer at Tomsk State University (TSU), and a Visiting Lecturer at Higher School of Economics University, Moscow. He directs: IBL Consultancy, and the Institute of Law and Ethics, TSU; is a founding member of TAGC, The Accessible Genetics Consortium; and is the Executive Publisher of Legal Issues Journal.

Fatos’ work focuses on the intersection of science and law, including utilising science for the benefit of justice. His research focuses on Legal and Ethical Implications of Genetics, and Influences on Decision-making.

In the areas of Genomic Law and Ethics, Fatos delivers training and lectures internationally. He co-ordinates the Working Group on Legal and Ethical Implications of Genetics (LESIG), which operates in the UK and the Russian Federation; directs a module on Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications of Research; and contributes to a module on Behavioural Genetics.

In the areas of mind influences (e.g. influences on decision making), Fatos delivers training internationally, including to UK judges; is a co-developer of the MSc Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology at TSU; directs courses including, Neural and Psychological Processes in Decision Making; and Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour; and works with the International Centre for Research in Human Development (ICRHD).

Fatos collaborates with research laboratories, including InLab, Goldsmiths University of London and the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics, on these issues, and serves on related ethical committees. His experience includes cross-border commercial finance at Goldberg Kohn, Chicago and representing an NGO at the United Nations (UNCITRAL) on Arbitration and Security Interests.


Relevant Publications


  • Selita, F., Chapman, R. & Kovas, Y. To Use or Not to Use: No Consensus on Whether and How to Apply Genetic Information in the Justice System. In Review.
  • Nanau, V., Chapman, R., Toivanen, T., Selita, F., Kovas, Y. Computer says ’What’! Our sentencing practices will drive robot judges insane. In Review.
  • Kovas, Y. & Selita, F. 2019. New literacy challenge: genetic knowledge is poor even among well educated. Atlas of Science, Apr 2019. https://atlasofscience.org/2019/04/
  • Selita, F. 2019. Genetic Data Misuse: Risk to Fundamental Human Rights in Developed Economies. Legal Issues Journal, 7(1). legalissuesjournal.com/article/1491/
  • Karelin, D. V., Matsepuro, D. M., Selita, F., 2018. Criminal Legal Protection of Genetic Data of The Person: to Statement of a Problem. Putnik Journal. https://doi.org/10.17223/22253513/29/7
  • Selita, F. & Kovas, Y. 2018. Genes and Gini: what heritability means for inequality. Journal of Biosocial Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021932017000645
  • Selita, F. 2018. Unrepresented Litigants in Modern Courts – Ordeal by Combat. Legal Issues Journal, 6(1). http://www.legalissuesjournal.com/article/1139/
  • Chapman, R., Likhanov, M., Selita, F., Zakharov, I., Smith-Woolley, E. and Kovas, Y. (2018). New literacy challenge for the twenty-first century: genetic knowledge is poor even among well educated. Journal of Community Genetics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12687-018-0363-7
  • Selita, F., Chapman, R., Rimfeld, K. & Kovas, Y. (2017). Science vs. Sensation.  Alma Mater, (2) 15, 9. In Russian.
  • Chapman, R., Likhanov, M., Selita, F., Zakharov, I., Smith-Woolley, E., & Yulia Kovas. 2017.
  • Genetic Literacy and Attitudes Survey (iGLAS): International Population-Wide Assessment Instrument. 2017. EpSBS, Volume XXXIII. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15405/epsbs.2017.12.6
  • Gallop, L., Chapman, R., Selita, F. & Kovas, Y. 2017. Effects of Education and Media Framing on Genetic Knowledge and Attitudes. EpSBS, Volume XXXIII
  • Selita, F. 2016. Cross-border Asset-Based Lending – Doing Business in a Global Economy, ABF Journal.
  • Selita, F., Chapman, R., Rimfeld, K. & Kovas, Y. (2015). Save Science from Fiction – Science reporting should be about science not science fiction. The Accessible Genetics Consortium.
  • Selita, F. & Kovas, Y. 2014. Applying genetic discoveries to education. International Innovation, 133.

Book chapters

  • Kovas, Y., Tikhomirova, T., Selita, F., Tosto, M.G. & Malykh, S.B. 2016. Behavioural Genetics for Education. 1: 16-43, in Malykh, S.B., Kovas, Y. & Gaysina, D.A. Eds. 2016. Behavioural Genomics: Child Development and Education. Publishing House of Tomsk State University, Tomsk. 442 pages. ISBN 978-5-94621-585-5.
  • Kovas, Y., Tikhomirova, T., Selita, F., Tosto, M.G. & Malykh, S.B. 2015. How Genetics can be helpful to Education’ in (Eds. Y. Kovas et al.) Behavioural Genetics for Education, Palgrave Macmillan.

Opinion papers

  • Selita, F. 2011. Where to Read for Your Law Degree. i-StudentGlobal.
  • Selita, F. 2009. UK Law Students – A Single Voice. The Weekly Law Reports.
  • Selita, F. 2008. Extra Judicial Experience. The Weekly Law Reports.

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– Regularly delivers invited, keynote and plenary talks at conferences, including in the UK, Russia, Indonesia and Italy.


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