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, USA. He has read for three unrelated first degrees (Strategy, Engineering and Law); followed by postgraduate Professional Legal Studies, Genetics and Psychology.

Fatos’ work focuses on bridging three interrelated sciences – Genetics, Law and Psychology – for example, to utilise science for the benefit of justice and to adapt laws to advancements.

Fatos is currently:

  • A Lecturer and Co-director of AIR Courses at Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • A Visiting Lecturer at a number of Universities (e.g. New Heaven, Oregon State, New York universities).
  • Director of Ws – a consultancy which brings together world-leading experts to provide science-based personalised advice and training in wellbeing and continuous self-fulfillment.
  • A founding member and Director of Law and Ethics at TAGC, The Accessible Genetics Consortium
  • The Executive Publisher of Legal Issues Journal


Research and Expertise 

Fatos has a wide range of expertise. This includes legal and ethical implications of use of genetic findings and technologies; decision making; and communication, such as public speaking and advocacy.

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.  




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  • 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.