Barrister of England and Wales, Attorney and Counselor at Law of the State of New York, PhD in Psychology focusing on Genomics and Justice, a postgraduate degree in Professional Legal Studies, a bachelor’s degree in Law, the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (three years full-time), a bachelor’s degree in Military Studies.

Dr Fatos Selita is a multidisciplinary expert. He has taught in leading universities including for 10 years at University of London, (Goldsmiths). Fatos has trained and advised at senior level, including UK judiciary, UK Parliament, UK and international Civil Services, Royal AIR Force, UK Embassies abroad and foreign Embassies in the UK, Government Office for Science and City Corporations.

 

Education

Fatos has trained in several disciplines. His higher education includes training as an English Barrister, a New York State Attorney and Counselor at Law, a PhD in Psychology, and a degree in Military Strategy (graduated as Second Lieutenant).

Postgraduate

  • PhD in Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Behavioural Genetics and Psychology, InLab, Goldsmiths, University of London; The International Centre for Research in Human Development (ICRHD) at Tomsk State University (continuous professional training).
  • Bar Professional Training (US), New York- and multi-State Bar training. USA.
  • Bar Professional Training (UK), Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies, City Law School.

Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB Law), Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Military Studies, Skanderbeg Military Academy/University
  • Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Tirana.

 

University Teaching Experience
Genetics, Business and Law

Dr Selita is a leading expert on genomics /genetics and its use across industries.

The multi-disciplinary expertise enables Dr Selita to provide advice and training of a high level. In this area, Fatos has a rich experience, including:

  • Over a decade of training and teaching* in areas of genetics and society;
  • Experience providing expert consultations** in the area to the private and public sector;
  • Solid multidisciplinary research publications on matters of genetics and society***, including genetics and law, genetics and ethics, genetics and inequality; regulation of the use of the powers created by genetic advances; genetic data.
  • Acted as a Chair of ethics committees;
  • Co-established a large centre for ethics at a leading international University.

*Teaching on genetics (law, ethics, business) includes:

Genetics and Law: Goldsmiths, University of London

Legal ethical and societal implications of genetic research: HSE, TSU

Legal ethical and societal implications of research: TSU, NYU

**Expert advice and consultations include:

Consulting legal professionals, including most recently a magic circle law firm, towards preparing for the provision of genomics legal services.

Advising the Government Office for Science on their report: genomics beyond health.

Co-establishing in 2016, LESIG Working Group, Legal, Ethical, and other Societal Implications of Genomics.

Dr Selita also brings in his expertise on the Psychology of Decision Making (pathways to influencing our decision-making).

Business in the Genomic Era

In relation to the link between genetics and the business world, namely the opportunities and risks associated with conducting business in the genomic era, Dr Selita also brings in his experience in financial law and business law, including his experience working for a leading commercial finance law firm, and representing an NGO at the United Nations in areas of secured transactions and arbitration.

***Publications on Genetics (law, ethics, regulation):

Book: Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society

Research Papers: Several, see Google Scholar.

Communication (e.g. Public Speaking, Speech Writing)

Dr Selita’s unique multi-disciplinary expertise, and his rich experience teaching and training in all areas of communication – have made him one of the most sought after experts in communication /public speaking.

Several subjects such as Public Speaking, Speech Writing, Advocacy – are sub-elements of Communication. Dr Selita’s experience in each includes:

Public Speaking:

Fatos has taught Public Speaking since 2009, including for 10 years intensively at Goldsmiths, University of London:

  • Goldsmiths, University of London: 10 years to diverse audiences, including Academics, Business Executives, Diplomats.
  • Tomsk State University: 4 years to students, including in MSc Human Development.
  • Other Universities: As modules, e.g. New Haven University, American Institute for Foreign Studies.
  • Independently (as part of IBL): From 2013 has delivered bespoke short (1-day) and continuous (over the year) training to individuals and groups.

Speech Writing

Fatos has taught Speech Writing since 2014, including for 10 years intensively at Goldsmiths, University of London:

  • Goldsmiths, University of London: 10 years to diverse audiences, including Academics, Business Executives, Diplomats.
  • Tomsk State University: 4 years to students, including in MSc Human Development.
  • Independently (as part of IBL): From 2016 has delivered bespoke short (1-day) and continuous (over the year) training to individuals and groups.

Combatting Fear of Public Speaking

Fatos has taught Combatting Fear of Public Speaking since 2013, including for 8 years intensively at Goldsmiths, University of London:

  • Goldsmiths, University of London: 8 years to diverse audiences, including Academics, Business Executives, Lawyers, Civil Servants.
  • Tomsk State University: 4 years to students, including in MSc Human Development.
  • Independently (as part of IBL): From 2016 has delivered bespoke short (1-day) and continuous (over the year) training to individuals and groups.

Advocacy

Fatos has taught Advocacy since he was Called to the Bar in 2009, including for 10 years intensively at Goldsmiths, University of London:

  • Goldsmiths, University of London: 10 years to diverse audiences, including Academics, Business Executives, Lawyers, Civil Servants.
  • Other Universities (as modules and contributory sessions): e.g. Tomsk State University, Oregon State University.
  • Independently (as part of IBL and the UKLSA): From 2008 including bespoke short (1-day) and continuous (over longer periods) training to individuals and groups.

Principles of Communication, Intercultural Communication

– in universities and privately, including:

  • University of New Haven.
  • American Institute for Foreign Studies.
  • Independently (as part of IBL e.g. to medical professionals).

Persuasion: Science and Practice

Dr Selita has taught mass persuasion at Goldsmiths, University of London, as part of Communication courses as well as as part of:

  • Art of Propaganda (intensive course)
  • Psychology in 10 Weeks
Decision Making. Persuasion. The Self

Dr Selita has taught on matters of human mind – Decision Making, Free Will and The Self – since 2016, including for 8 years intensively at Goldsmiths, University of London.

On Decision Making Dr Selita has training primarily senior professionals including:

  • Senior UK Judiciary
  • Senior Ministry of Defence Executives
  • Medical Practitioners.

This training has included:

  • The Psychology of Decision Making
  • Mind influences to Decision Making
  • Memory
  • Lie detection

Talks / Session at Universities

Dr Selita has also delivered talks/sessions in several universities internationally in these areas, including in the following topics:

  • Free Will in the Genomic Era
  • Artificial decisions? Exploring how much Al is in our decisions
  • The Self: Decision making, Free will, Personality

Including at:

Privately

Dr Selita has also deliver bespoke training in these subjects independently (as part of IBL) since 2014.

Publications

Dr Selita has several peer reviewed publications in high quality journals.

Books

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society

Y Kovas, F Selita

Palgrave Macmillan UK. 2021. On Amazon.

 

Peer-reviewed Papers

Main author

Consensus too soon: judges’ and lawyers’ views on genetic information use

F Selita, R Chapman, Y Kovas, V Smereczynska, M Likhanov, T Toivainen

New Genetics and Society 42 (1), e2197583. 2023.

Genomics and Justice: Investigating judges’, lawyers’ and non-lawyers’ genetic literacy and views on applications of genomics

F Selita

Goldsmiths, University of London. 2023. Available on Amazon.

Designing Post-Genomic Future Together: Brief Communication in Response to the Publican of the UK Government Report” Genomics beyond Healthcare”

R Chapman, Y Kovas, F Selita

Legal Issues J. 9, 89. 2022.

Prophesied Future and Redefined Past in the Genomic Era

Y Kovas, F Selita, Y Kovas, F Selita

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society, 73-110. 2021.

Free Will in the Genomic Era

Y Kovas, F Selita, Y Kovas, F Selita

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society, 45-71. 2021.

A Journey into the Genomic Era: Sophocles Will Be Our Guide…

Y Kovas, F Selita, Y Kovas, F Selita

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society, 1-15. 2021.

DNA: The Greatest Text of All

Y Kovas, F Selita, Y Kovas, F Selita

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society, 111-172. 2021.

Genes, Environments and Life Trajectories

Y Kovas, F Selita, Y Kovas, F Selita

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society, 17-43. 2021.

Judging in the genomic era: judges’ genetic knowledge, confidence and need for training

F Selita, V Smereczynska, R Chapman, T Toivainen, Y Kovas

European Journal of Human Genetics 28 (10), 1322-1330. 2020.

‘Race’ and other group discrimination in the genomic era.

F Selita, M Willers, Y Kovas

Legal Issues Journal 8 (1), 11-50. 2020.

Justice in the genomic and digital era: a ‘different world’ requiring ‘different law’

F Selita

Legal Issues Journal 8 (1), 55-70. 2020.

Genes and Gini: what inequality means for heritability

F Selita, Y Kovas.

Journal of Biosocial Science 51 (1), 18-47. 2019.

Improving access to justice: community-based solutions

F Selita

Asian Journal of Legal Education 6 (1-2), 83-90. 2019.

Genetic Data Misuse: Risk to Fundamental Human Rights in Developed Economies

F Selita

Legal Issues Journal 7 (1), 53. 2019.

To Use or Not to Use: No Consensus on Whether and How to Apply Genetic Information in the Justice System

F Selita, R Chapman, Y Kovas

Behavioral Sciences 9 (12), 149. 2019.

Genetics, psychology and justice: the results from an international investigation

D Matsepuro, YV Kovas, R Chapman, F Selita. 2019.

Legal Issues Journal Widens Its Scope to Include an Interdisciplinary Dimension-Building Bridges between Law and Science

F Selita

Legal Issues Journal 7 (1), 1-2. 2019.

Criminal legal protection of genetic data of the person: to statement of a problem

DV Karelin, DM Matsepuro, F Selita

Vestnik Tomskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta. Pravo, 79-90. 2018.

Unrepresented Litigants in Modern Courts-Ordeal by Combat

F Selita

Legal Issues Journal 6 (1). 2018.

To tell or not to tell: The ethics and law of Disclosing health-Related genetic information to family Members

R Chapman, J Devereux, V Nanau, V Smereczynska, D Matsepuro, …

Psychology in Russia 11 (4), https://doi.org/10.11621/pir.2018.0405. 2018

Cross-border Asset-Based Lending – Doing Business in a Global Economy

F Selita

ABF Journal 14 (1). 2016.

Applying genetic discoveries to education.

Y Kovas, F Selita

International Innovation, 88-90. 2014.

 

Co-author

Don’T Blame the Teacher:‘Teacher Effects’ in Secondary Education Reflect Complex Classroom-Level and Social Processes

E White, T Kolienko, O Bogdanova, F Selita, S Malykh, A Jones Bartoli, …

Available at SSRN 4711830. 2024.

Japanese Translation and Validation of Genomic Knowledge Measure in the International Genetics Literacy and Attitudes Survey (iGLAS-GK)

A Yoshida, T Tokutomi, A Fukushima, R Chapman, F Selita, Y Kovas, …

Genes 14 (4), 814. 2023.

Attitudes towards genetic testing: The role of genetic literacy, motivated cognition, and socio-demographic characteristics

M Likhanov, I Zakharov, A Awofala, O Ogundele, F Selita, Y Kovas, …

Plos one 18 (11), e0293187. 2023.

What do people know about the heritability of sleep?

JJ Madrid-Valero, R Chapman, E Bailo, JR Ordoñana, F Selita, Y Kovas, …

Behavior Genetics 51, 144-153. 2021.

New literacy challenge for the twenty-first century: genetic knowledge is poor even among well educated

R Chapman, M Likhanov, F Selita, I Zakharov, E Smith-Woolley, Y Kovas

Journal of community genetics 10, 73-84. 2019.

Polarised views on the regulation of genetic data and use of genetic information in criminal justice

R Chapman, V Smereczynska, V Nanau, D Matsepuro, F Selita, Y Kovas

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF HUMAN GENETICS 27, 1801-1801. 2019.

Spouses’ psychological states and family relations in families with natural and induced pregnancies

TG Bokhan, OV Terekhina, MV Shabalovskaya, SB Leshchinskaia, …

Psychology in Russia: State of the art 11 (4), 50-67. 2018.

Genetic Literacy and Attitudes Survey (iGLAS): International population-wide assessment instrument

R Chapman, M Likhanov, F Selita, I Zakharov, E Smith-Woolley, Y Kovas

The European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences EpSBS 33 (6), 45-66. 2017.

Effects of education and media framing on genetic knowledge and attitudes

L Gallop, R Chapman, F Selita, Y Kovas

The European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences EpSBS 33 (13), 121-141. 2017.

Organization And Analysis Of Psychological And Pedagogical Research Of The Score-Rating System

AY Vyzhigin, R Chapman, M Likhanov, F Selita, I Zakharov, …

European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences 33. 2017.

How genetics can help education

Y Kovas, T Tikhomirova, F Selita, MG Tosto, S Malykh

Behavioural genetics for education, 1-23. 2016.

Clients' comments

1:1 Advocacy

“Thank you again for a very enlightening experience learning about myself and myself as a potential advocate. I really enjoyed it.”

Barrister (Head of Chambers)

Advocacy

“This is one of the best courses I have ever had the pleasure of taking. From start to finish was an eye opener for me. This course was definitely value for money!

Fatos is an amazing lecturer.”

Anonymous. Oxford University

Decision Making (the Psychology of)

“I found the course to be insightful, thought provokingly interesting. I found Fatos Selita to be attentively engaging. His delivery of the subject was captivating.”

Anonymous, London Charity

1:1 Multidisciplinary session: Public Speaking, Decision Making, Confidence.

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Film Director

Decision Making (the Psychology of).

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Senior officer. Royal Air Force.

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