Institute for Law and Ethics (ILE)

Head

Scientific Supervisor:
Fatos Selita – Barrister of England and Wales; Attorney and Counselor at Law of the State of New York; Director of AIR  Courses at Goldsmiths, University of London; Lecturer on MSc «Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology» at Tomsk State University
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ILE brings together Lawyers, Scientists and Policymakers to work on legal and ethical implications of genomics, including updating laws to protect individuals and ensure fair use of genetic findings. 

ILE also provides professional training, consultation, reports and expert opinions in matters related to legal and ethical implications of genetics. 

The Institute collaborates with international partners, including in the UK, USA, China and Canada.

Areas of Research

Background:

Genetic advancements are intertwined with peoples’ fundamental rights, are highly complex, and genetics science is one of the fastest progressing sciences in human history.

The amount of information we can now extract from an individual’s genetic data makes the need for updated legal protection/regulation urgent. 

Key initiatives:

Working Group on LEGAL, ETHICAL AND SOCIETAL IMPLICATIONS OF GENETICS (LESIG)

LESIG was established by Institute in collaboration with TAGC and InLab, Goldsmiths, University of London. More information about LESIG is available on the website of The Accessible Genetics Consortium (TAGC), of which ILE is a member. 

The International Genetic Literacy and Attitudes Survey (iGLAS) developed in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, UK and Tomsk State University, Russia.

To learn more and complete the survey please click HERE.

The Accessible Genetics Consortium – TAGC


TAGC’s goal is to communicate genetic knowledge in an accessible way and to address its ethical and legal issues – to enable everyone to benefit from genetic discoveries.

For more information about TAGC visit tagc.world 

Publications: 

  • Selita, F., & Kovas, Y. (2018). GENES AND GINI: WHAT INEQUALITY MEANS FOR HERITABILITY. Journal of Biosocial Science, 1-30. doi:10.1017/S0021932017000645
    Available on open access here

  • Chapman, R., Likhanov, M., Selita, F. et al. (2018). New literacy challenge for the twenty-first century: genetic knowledge is poor even among well educated. Journal of Community Genetics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12687-018-0363-7
    Available on open access here.  

Institute for Law and Ethics Council:

  • Olga Ivanovna Andreeva – Head of the Unit for Criminal Law, Prosecutor's Supervision and Law Enforcement at Tomsk State University 

  • Elena Sergeevna Boltanova – Head of the Unit for Civil Law at Tomsk State University 

  • Yulia Kovas – Professor of Genetics and Psychology, Director of International Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Investigations into Individual Differences in Learning (InLab); Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London; Codirector of the International Centre for Research in Human Development (ICRHD) at TSU; Director of MSc programme «Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology» at Tomsk State University

  •  Anthony Metzer QC – Barrister of England and Wales; Head of Chambers, Goldsmith Chambers, London 

  • Fatos Selita – Barrister of England and Wales; Attorney and Counselor at Law of the State of New York; Director of AIR Courses at Goldsmiths, University of London; Lecturer on MSc «Human Development: Genetics, Neuroscience and Psychology» at Tomsk State University 

  • Tatiana Vladimirovna Trubnikova – Associate Professor, Unit for Criminal Law, Prosecutor's Supervision and Law Enforcement at Tomsk State University 

  • Oleg Viktorovich Voronin – Accociate Professor, Unit for Criminal Law, Prosecutor's Supervision and Law Enforcement at Tomsk State University 

  • Marc Willers QC – Barrister of England and Wales; Head of Chambers, Garden Court Chambers, London

 

Partners

The Institute collaborates with international partners, including in the UK, USA, China and Canada.
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