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AI&Law Webinar #8: Deep impact of AI on Human Rights

The AI and Law webinars (ex-breakfasts), co-organised by the Council of Europe and the University of Strasbourg (UMR DRES), are regular meetings open to a wide public, public decision-makers, officials from international organisations and national administrations and academics, whose aim is to measure the stakes of subjects at the frontiers of digital techniques and the practice of law.

The 8th edition, broadcasted on 10 December 2020 (14h30-16h30), addressed the profound impact of AI, and decision-making algorithms, on human rights. Human rights are presented as the basis of AI regulation work by most international organisations, due to the impact of this technology, both from an individual and collective point of view.

Discrimination, infringement of decision-making autonomy, infringement of privacy and freedom of expression are some of the risks commonly evoked and today taken into account in the work of most regulators. But other societal impacts are also to be considered: the progressive meshing of our lives by algorithms is not insignificant and a new model of society seems to be emerging.

The objective of this webinar was to explore this deeper impact resulting from the digital transformation that we live and examine how regulation could prevent harms and damages on individuals and the whole society. Excerpts from the documentary iHuman have illustrated some of the challenges encountered.


  • Tonje Hessen Schei, Film Director, producer and Screenwriter (Norway)
  • Pr. Karine Gentelet, Associate professor at Université du Québec en Outaouais and Abeona-ENS-Obvia Chair on Artificial Intelligence and Social Justice (Québec)
  • Nathalie Smuha, Researcher – Department of International & European Law, KU Leuven (Belgium)

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Strasbourg 10 December 2020
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Towards an application of AI based on human rights, the rule of law and democracy