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.