ICJ calls for a holistic human rights approach to artificial intelligence before UN Human Rights Council

The ICJ today addressed the UN Human Rights Council in the Interactive Dialogue on the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.

The statement reads as follows:

“Madam President,

As highlighted in the report (A/HRC/46/37) by the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, the expansive use of artificial intelligence has brought about great strains on protection of privacy and other human rights around the word.

The report makes several welcome recommendations on ensuring that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled when artificial intelligence is used, including in judicial proceedings. In this regard, the ICJ would stress that, in proceedings of such importance, no artificial intelligence solution can fully replace human judgment. We endorse the need to break down jurisdictional barriers in the global regulation of artificial intelligence.

We consider that the recommendations would benefit from more elaboration with regard to certain other rights that are key to the protection of privacy and data protection, such as the right to an effective remedy, as well as from a considered debate about their format and content.

We call on the Council to mandate the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy to conduct a study on this issue, including with regard to the role of private companies’ grievance mechanisms in the right to an effective remedy and reparations.

I thank you.”


Massimo Frigo, ICJ UN Representative, e: massimo.frigo(a)icj.org, t: +41797499949

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