Course dates

Friday 24 Nov 2023
10am-4pm | 1 day

Course overview

Explore the implications of genetic advances for individuals and society; as well as the law and legal issues surrounding them. You'll learn about the latest advances in genetic science, their potential uses and misuse by individuals, corporations, and the State, and the legal regulation in place.

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

This course is part of the rich portfolio of AIR inter-disciplinary courses in Law and Science, which bring together cutting-edge knowledge for practical application. The course is available on Zoom, on campus and in clients’ offices. Please choose the right option for you on the Booking page.

Who this course is for

  • What are the latest advances in genetic science with substantial implications for individuals and societies?
  • What information can now be extracted from a person’s genetic data?
  • How can this genetic information and genetic advances be used to benefit or harm individuals and societies?
  • What legal protection is in place against the misuse of genetic data?
  • What are the challenges of protecting against misapplications of genetic information and advances?

If you're interested in examining these questions in a small group, interactive format, Then this course may be right for you.

We'll explore the following

  • Which aspects of life can genetic advances be used and how.
  • What is the scale of the implications, for example, what proportion of the population is affected, or is likely to be affected, by genetic implications in the near future?
  • What do genetic advances mean for justice?
  • Which industries can make use of genetic data and advances?
  • What protection against misuse of genetic advances, such as gene editing, does the law afford?

You'll learn about the three powers created by genetic advances:

  • polygenic prediction
  • genetic engineering,
  • environmental engineering

You'll examine how these powers are applied across various aspects of life including healthcare, insurance, education, sports, justice, prediction, and much more.

Genetic knowledge has been referred to as the literacy of the 21 century, which means that this knowledge is becoming increasingly essential to navigate in a data-centred economy. In addition, the lack of genetic knowledge now presents a significant disadvantage for professionals working in key industries, such as healthcare, education, justice, and policy.

Join us for this interactive intensive one-day course to explore the most fascinating advances of the 21 century, and one of the biggest challenges for societies in the 21st century. We will address this fascinating topic through the lens of interdisciplinary knowledge from science, law, ethics, and society.

Investing in your career

Genetics is now a part of everyone’s life. In the past two decades, genomics and technology have advanced at an unprecedented pace. The predictive power through genetic information is already substantial and is increasing daily. The data processing power and methods are also changing rapidly. As a result, genetics is increasingly used across aspects of life, from healthcare, to justice, to diet planning, to selection (e.g. for sport, employment). Genetics, therefore, now presents benefits and risks across numerous aspects of life.

In addition, advances in behavioural genetics have brought an unprecedented amount of knowledge on human behaviour. Considering knowledge of key genetic advances and their regulation are now important for all people, and essential for key stakeholders – this course is a necessary and a high return investment.

Additional features of this course

This course is addressed from a truly multidisciplinary combination of expertise in genetics, law, ethics, and psychology. 100% of the profits from this course will be used towards education and research. This enables us to offer our training at an exceptional value, making this knowledge accessible. Find out more about AIR courses.

Discounts, locations and more dates

We offer a number of discounts, as well as sponsorships. This and other AIR courses are available on campus, via a digital platform such as Zoom, and at your offices. Additional dates are also available. For group bookings please email air (

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Goldsmiths offers a 15% concession rate on short courses to Lewisham Local cardholders, Students and Goldsmiths Alumni. Please email for further information. The refund policy for this course can be found on the booking page

Booking information

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Friday 24 Nov 2023
10am-4pm | 1 day


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We're 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 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.

Tutor information

Dr Fatos Selita

This course is directed by Fatos Selita, an English Barrister and an American Attorney (NY State), with a PhD in Psychology, and with training on Behavioural Genetics, Engineering and more. Fatos is an expert on legal and ethical matters related to Genomics.  In this area, he has authored several research papers; has taught and delivered training at all levels; and has acted as an expert advisor. Fatos has also coordinated the Working Group on Legal, Ethical and Societal Implications of Genetic Findings (LESIG); and is co-author of Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society (Palgrave).


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