Course dates

Monday 27 Mar 2023
10am - 4pm | 1 day
Monday 24 Jul 2023
10am - 4pm | 1 day

Course overview

Learn about latest genetic findings affecting individuals; potential misuses of these findings; and the law protecting from such misuses.

I found the course to be course to be an incredibly thorough introduction to a novel concept and emerging topic. The course content was delivered in a challenging and appropriate way in consideration of the complexity in question. The engaging nature of the sessions was the most useful in reinforcing learning. Fatos was an exquisite course leader & I would highly recommend his teaching.

Head of Legal Team, UK

The course is available in four formats:
• Campus
• Clients' Office
• Online (Virtual Classroom) with live tutoring
• Bespoke (Group or 1-2-1 coaching)

100% of AIR income, beyond operational expense, is used towards education and research.

This training course provides knowledge on genetic advances affecting individuals and society.

It covers a range of contexts in which genetic findings are and can be misused to harm individuals and society, including in relation to health, education, policing, criminal liability and genetic enhancement/gene editing.

The course provides knowledge on the laws in place protecting from misuses of genetic advances. It focuses on the legal protection in the UK; and compares it with that in other jurisdictions such as the US and the Russian Federation.

This course is developed and taught by experts in the field, with multi-disciplinary training, including in law, genetics and psychology.

Campus Courses - VAT-free: Our venues are in central London (Senate House) and in New Cross. You can select your preferred location by choosing the date available.
Virtual Classroom Courses - VAT-free: Live tutoring brings all the benefits of face to face training and, in addition, improves skills for ‘digital’ participation. There is an increasing need for online activities in all areas of life – making ‘digital’ participation an essential skill of the 21st century.
Bespoke Courses: If you are interested in a tailor-made Public Speaking course option: 1-1 coaching or bespoke group training, please contact us using the email or phone number provided below.

Elements covered in the course include:

  • Unique features of sequenced genetic data relevant to protection of societies, groups and individuals’ rights.
  • Genetic findings that present misuse risk: information that can and cannot be extracted from genetic data and the implications of genetic information for human rights.
  • Legal and ethical implications, including in insurance, recruitment, policing, voting and business and commerce.
  • Scale of implications, for example, what proportion of the population is affected or is likely to be affected in the near future.
  • Legal protection in place – laws, procedure and enforcement.
  • Essential steps for individuals and societies.
  • Who is this course suitable for?

As genetic findings can affect everyone, learning about the misuse of genetic knowledge and the legal protection in place has become essential for all people. Participants have included data managers, lawyers, policymakers, researchers and students.

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*Book two or more courses at the same time to get 10% discount.



Goldsmiths offers a 15% concession rate on short courses to Lewisham Local cardholders, Students and Goldsmiths Alumni.

Booking information

Please note our short courses sell out quickly, so early booking is advisable.

Monday 27 Mar 2023
10am - 4pm | 1 day
Monday 24 Jul 2023
10am - 4pm | 1 day


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Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note that our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable. 

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Tutor information

Fatos Selita

This course is directed by Fatos Selita, an English Barrister and a New York State Attorney, with training in genetics and psychology; and with expertise on legal and ethical matters of genetics, including directing a module on Genomic Law and Ethics, and coordinating two Working Groups on Legal, Ethical and Societal Implications of Genetic Findings (LESIG), both in the UK and the Russian Federation. Fatos also has many years of experience in delivering live training online. Read more…


Learning outcomes

On this short course, you will learn about:

  • Genetic findings relevant to justice
    • Includes information we can extract from genetics data, and the implications of genetic information for human rights.
    • Unique features of sequenced genetic data
    • The increasing value of genetic data; the usefulness of anonymisation of genetic data; their familial nature, permanent, and probabilistic nature; and the possibility of gene editing.
  • The legal and ethical implication
    • Includes knowledge about: genetics discrimination in access to medical care (insurance), in recruitment, in surveillance; influence on individuals’ decisions based on genetic makeup; threats to children’s rights and to consumers from ‘genetic-based’ commercial products.
  • Who is affected and when
    • Provides knowledge about current sequencing projects; globality of genomic medicine and data sharing and commercialisation of genetic data; and the impact of big data and cloud computing in who and how is affected. 
  • Legal protections in place
    • Includes knowledge about: protection of genetic data and genetic privacy; legal protection against genetic discrimination; general issues with protection of people from misuses of genetic data; consumer protection; and protection of children from potential misuses.
  • What can be done
    • Cover: what can societies do to protect people; and what can individuals do to protect themselves and family members.

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