Fatos Selita

Fatos Selita is the founder of UKLSA. He has read for three unrelated first degrees (Strategy, Engineering and Law); and a number of years (since 2012) of trained and experience in Genetic and Psychology. Fatos – a Barrister of England and Wales, and an Attorney and Counselor at Law of New York State – is currently:


Research and Expertise 

Fatos researches on justice in the Genomic and Digital era (use of genetic data, genetic discrimination, ethics). His work focuses on the intersection of science and law, including utilising science for the benefit of justice. For example, Fatos:

  • Delivers expert training to professional audiences including the UK judiciary on technical matters such as:
    • Mind influences on decision making  
    • Human memory and justice 
  • Provides expert advice on matters of genetics and law, including to the UK government
  • 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
  • Co-ordinates the Working Group on Legal and Ethical Implications of Genetics (LESIG), which operates in the UK and the Russian Federation
  • Is a co-developer of the MSc Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology at TSU



Research with humans; Genomic ethics;

Public Speaking and Persuasion 

In different contexts such as politics, research dissemination, management, diplomacy

Law and Courtroom Advocacy 

International Business Law and Contracts; Genomic Law (data protection, genetic discrimination etc.)

Psychology and Genetics 

Psychology for Lawyers; Genetics for Lawyers; Psychology of the Legal Process; Influences on Decision-Making 


Fatos’s past experience includes:

  • Cross-border commercial finance at Goldberg Kohn, Chicago; and
  • Representing an NGO at the United Nations (UNCITRAL) on Arbitration and Security Interests.  




Google Scholar    |    ORCID 









  • New literacy challenge: genetic knowledge is poor even among well educated.

          Professor Yulia Kovas & Fatos Selita, 2019 https://atlasofscience.org/2019/04/

          Atlas of Science, Apr 2019.



  • Criminal Legal Protection of Genetic Data of The Person: to Statement of a Problem. 

  • Karelin, D. V., Matsepuro, D. M., Selita, F., 2018.
  • Putnik Journal.
  • https://doi.org/10.17223/22253513/29/7




  • 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.



  • 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., 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.



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