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 2 May 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Monday 1 Jun 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Saturday 19 Sep 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day

Course overview

Psychology and law are interconnected – doing justice needs to be grounded in an understanding of human behavior and mind.

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.

Combine Law and Psychology

This course bridges human psychology with legal practice in relation to key aspects of the justice process. The course covers general psychological phenomena affecting justice; Stops and searches; Lineup identification; Witness testimony and witness statements; Police statements; Advocate’s persuasion; Consciousness and free will; Role of individual differences in the process; and Using science (Psychology, neuroscience, genetics) to improve the justice process.

You will learn from a multi-disciplinary expert with expertise in law, psychology, genetics and mind influences, and over 10 years of experience in delivering training in these areas.

Goldsmiths Psychology department is in the World Top 100 in the QS ranking for academic reputation. Papers by our academics are highly cited: our department ranks 55th in the world for the number of citations per published paper.



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 so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note 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 courses main page

Starting date, Saturday 2 May 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Monday 1 Jun 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Saturday 19 Sep 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day


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Goldsmiths' Senate House venues in Bloomsbury, London

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 'Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' course.


Learning outcomes

On this short course, you will learn about the following:

  • General psychological phenomena affecting justice
    • External influences on our decision making (e.g. persuasion, metaphor, powerful language)
    • Lying and lie-detecting
    • Dishonesty
    • Mental health, including prevalence, the effect on people and effect on our decision-making
    • Memory and attention issues;
  • Stops and searches
    • Conscious and unconscious interferes in the process
    • The long-lasting impact of interferences 
    • Ability to change a decision after learning the initial decision was wrong 
  • Lineup identification
    • Suggestions during the process
    • Stress
    • Questions
    • Special training of the person identifying 
  • Witness testimony and witness statements
    • Witness discussions
    • Time of event
    • Impact of questioning
    • Statements prepared by lawyers
    • Statements after deliberations
    • Preparations for witness testimony
    • Questioning by advocates
    • Impact of court pressures on different people  
  • Police statements
    • Discussions with colleagues and at meetings
    • Stress
    • Pressures
    • Attention
  • Advocate’s persuasion
    • When advocacy becomes a threat to justice
    • Impact of persuasive advocacy
    • Conscious and unconscious influences on jury and judiciary
  • Consciousness and free will
    • Conscious control over actions
    • When is ‘will’ free
    • Long term influences on free will 
  • Role of individual differences in the process.
    • Origin of individual difference (e.g. personality, including aggressiveness, honesty, politeness) and the impact such differences have on our decisions
    • When individual differences become a threat
    • Discretion in sentencing and other decision making and its impact on justice
  • Using science (Psychology, neuroscience, genetics) to improve the justice process
    • Incorporating relevant findings

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