Genes and human rights. “International Seminar: Emerging and Contemporary Issues in Legal Research”. Udayana University School of Law, Bali, Indonesia


LESIG Co-ordinator, Fatos Selita, addressed the impact of genetic advancements on human rights. 

The talk covered key genetic findings on human traits and adressed a number of related questions, such as: 

  • How do genetic advancements affect individuals’ fundamental rights?

  • What are the main risks of genetic information misuse?

  • What can be done to protect people’s rights?

  • What steps have been taken to-date by governments, legislators and judiciary – towards protecting individuals’ rights in the genomic era?

  • Why are advancements in genetic science important for society?

 The talk, which was attended by around 100 students, lecturers and lawyers, was followed by a panel discussion. It was acknowledged by the organisers and attendees that the relevance of genetics to human rights is a truly novel concept for this audience, and therefore is of great importance. The discussant also emphasised the importance of the paper ‘Genetic Data Misuse: Risk to Fundamental Human Rights in Developed Economies’.

Fatos Selita (Barrister; Attorney, NY-USA) has multidisciplinary training and expertise including in law, genetics and human mind.