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Business, Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence

Date: 11 April 2022

Time: 16.00 - 17.30 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Event Details

Artificial Intelligence (AI)'s rapid development portends the potential for machines to act and make decisions independently, potentially transforming society. The AI and big data models have already been deployed in areas of considerable human rights significance - in healthcare, education, employment, and criminal justice for example. There are concerns that this is happening without appropriate regulation, safeguards, or accountability.

Challenges posed by AI to human rights in areas such as the right to privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of thought, security and electoral fairness and democracy have been studied. There is, however, no attention yet on regulation needed to address the overall human rights challenged created by the business model as such - a business model based on the ability to collect, store, analyse and use large amounts of personal data for profit.

The international community has agreed upon a framework of guiding principles to prevent, respect and remedy human rights harms related to business conduct - the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, endorsed in 2011. Since then, several countries and most recently the European Commission have passed or proposed legislation establishing mandatory corporate human rights due diligence.

Our event examines if the business and human rights framework should be applied to the emerging data-driven AI-based business model and how. Speakers will address three areas: i) the state duty to protect human rights; ii) the corporate responsibility to respect; and iii) right to remedy. 

Event convened by Dr. Irene Pietropaoli, Research Leader in Business & Human Rights, British institute of International and Comparative Law

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This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


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