Course dates

Due to the developing Covid-19 situation, Goldsmiths has unfortunately had to suspend all face-to-face teaching, including on Short Courses. Many of our courses are already available via live distance learning, and we are working towards offering most courses online going forward. For more information about taking short courses remotely, please get in touch using the email in the Enquiries section below.

Starting date, Saturday 9 May 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Saturday 8 Aug 2020
10-5pm | 1 day

Course overview

In the two decades of the genomic era we have made exceptionally fast progress in genetic science but not in addressing its legal and ethical implications. We have now come to a point where knowledge in this area is important for all people, and essential for healthcare, policy and justice stakeholders.

Distance Learning

This course will be taught via distance learning in Spring and Summer 2020, and we are pleased to offer participants a 20% discount for sessions starting in April and May 2020. Please email us at the email below to request a discount code.

Understand Genetics and Law

Genetics findings now affect all people. People will need to know how their genetic data can be used, and understanding the implications of sequencing their own genome, or that of their children. Judges and lawyers will need to understand what findings on people’s behaviour and traits entail for liability, and medical professionals will need to know how to advise patients on the results of their genetic test.

This course is developed and taught by multi-disciplinary experts with training in law, genetics and psychology. It covers the unique features of sequenced genetic data, explains the relevance of certain key genetic findings to justice, and considers their legal and ethical implications. You will also learn who is affected by these finding, and how. By assessing genetic findings, the laws in place, and their effectiveness in practice, the course considers what steps individuals and societies can take to prevent misuses of genetic data.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning about key genetic findings in relation to people's rights, what rights can be affected and how, the legal protections in place, and what can be done to strengthen protection. The knowledge covered in this course is essential to justice stakeholders such as judiciary and policymakers.



Booking information

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. 


  • 10% when a participant enrolls for more than one of our courses (at the same time)
  • 20% UK students
  • 25%Members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA) 
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
  • Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni - email us for current discounts

As a University, we are able to offer our courses at minimum prices, and free of VAT - to make knowledge available to as wide audience as possible.

Refund policy: See AIR main page

Starting date, Saturday 9 May 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Saturday 8 Aug 2020
10-5pm | 1 day


If you have any questions about this course please contact air ( or call +44 (0)20 7078 5468.

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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 Psychology, Genetics and Mind Influences. Fatos has more than nine years of experience in delivering public speaking training internationally, and is a trainer in Mind Influences on Decision making. He is also the director of the 'Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' and 'Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' courses.


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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