Artificial Intelligence, Justice and Human Rights

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20 Sep 2017 - 20 Sep 2017
Geneva, Switzerland



A side event on 'Artificial intelligence, justice and human rights' will be held on 20 September 2017, in the framework of the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The event will be held between 09.30 and 11.00 UTC, in Geneva, Switzerland. It is co-organised by the Permanent Observer of the Holy See Mission to the UN in Geneva and the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Geneva.

The aim of the event is to bring the debate about artificial intelligence (AI) and its implications inside the UN circle, as it becomes an important issue for the future of justice and human rights. Discussions will focus on bringing an ethical approach to the debate, while trying to provide some reflections on the pros and cons of the use of AI in the field of justice and human rights.

Some of the questions to be addressed include: What will be the impacts of artificial intelligence on the administration of justice and on the recognition and respect of human rights if we cannot ensure that automated reasoning is rational and transparent? Could the use of artificial intelligence in the justice sector likely to result in decisions taken without any human judgment? Could bias related to racial or ethnic background become standardized and be less likely to be questioned as racially motivated than if based on a human decision? 

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