Fatos Selita

Fatos Selita is the founder of the UKLSA. He is a Barrister of England and Wales, and an Attorney and Counselor at Law of New York State. He has read for three unrelated first degrees (Strategy, Engineering and Law); followed by postgraduate professional legal studies, Genetics and Psychology.

Fatos Selita’s expertise includes: genetics and law; and psychology of the justice process, including decision-making. Fatos has many years of experience in these areas, including advising the government and training judges.

Fatos is also an expert in communication – a public speaking and advocacy trainer / coach to diverse audiences internationally from 2009.

Fatos is currently:

 

Research and Expertise 

Areas of research include: Genetics and Justice and Genetics for Education. 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

Teaching 

Ethics

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.  

Publications

(Selected)

 

Google Scholar    |    ORCID 

 

Papers

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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.

Talks

 

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