Law and Ethics of Genetics – LEG
TAGC Law and Ethics works towards addressing legal and ethical implications of Genetic/genomic findings for societies. Genetic findings come with enormous benefits for societies, if use of genetic information is regulated. This is particularly important due to the amount of information we can now extract from an individual’s genetic data; the unavoidable data breaches and the numerous possible misuses of genetic information. This makes necessary regulating use of genetic information.
LESIG – through multidisciplinary work and international collaborations and exchange – aims to produce specialist proposals for regulating genetic information.
Bringing disciplines together
TAGC brings together efforts from lawyers, geneticists, media and policy makers. Due to complex nature of genetic science, interdisciplinary efforts are essential to improving protection of individuals in the genomic era.
Bringing together international efforts
Due to the global of genetic research and the unique nature of genomic data – TAGC works with partners internationally, including InLab, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Institute of Law and Ethics at the International Centre for Research on Human Development, Tomsk State University.
Training, Expert opinions, Reviewing legal protection and more
TAGC provides training and expert Opinions on matters legal matters; disseminates knowledge; reviews law and its application in practice; reviews ethical guidelines; and makes proposals for policy and legislative updates. Read more…
Judges’ Training Conference, UK
‘Neural and Psychological Processes in Decision Making’
Head of TAGC Law & Ethics and LESIG Co-ordinator, Fatos Selita, was an invited speaker at the Judges’ Training Conference 2018. The talk was attended by over 100 judges from UK Tribunals and Courts. The talk ‘Neural and Psychological Processes in Decision Making’ covered how human mind is influenced, how these influences affect decision-making, and how to protect from influences (both external and internal) – how to outsmart human mind weaknesses. The talk included:
- Powerful vs. powerless language
- A number of psychological processes such as Fundamental Attribution Error
- Influences and litigants in person (unrepresented litigants)
- Pathways of influences into human mind
- Undoing penetrated influences
- Individual differences in traits
- Impact of genes and environment on traits
- Distribution of traits
- Consciousness in decision-making
- Mental health, and impact on decision-making
- The extent human mind can update incorrect information (e.g fake news) with correct ones
- Gene-environment processes
- Detecting lies
- Mechanism of dishonesty
International event: Emerging and Contemporary Issues in Legal
‘Genes and Human Rights’
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 addressed implications for human rights. Read more
Training of the senior judiciary, UK
‘Human Memory, Witnesses and Decision Making’
Head of TAGC Law & Ethics and LESIG Co-ordinator, Fatos Selita, delivered training to the UK judiciary on Human Memory, Witnesses and Decision Making. The training was attended by a range of judges, including High Court, Criminal Court, and Court of Appeal. The training covered a number of important aspects of decision-making, including:
- Reliability of memory and how memory is influenced and altered;
- Mind weaknesses and mind bugs affecting decision-making (e.g. selective attention, fundamental attribution error, biases)
- Suggestion (e.g. in police interviewing, lineups, advocacy)
- Impact of questioning on memory on evidence
- Lie detecting; The mechanism of dishonesty
- How to know a lie from the truth
- Origin of traits; Origin of individual differences and
- How these affect decision-making.
Collaborations and contact
ORGANISATIONS: We welcome proposals for collaborations, including from research organisations, law organisations (e.g. law firms, chambers, law schools), policy institutions and interdisciplinary organisations.
INDIVIDUALS: If you are a lawyer, judge or geneticist with an interest on legal implications of genomic findings, we will be happy to hear from you.
Contact: Fatos Selita, firstname.lastname@example.org
Key partner on LESIG work
ILE brings together Lawyers, Scientists and Policymakers to work on legal and ethical implications of genetics, 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.