Updated: Jan 15

Those who regularly check in to this blog know that we have a particular interest in artificial intelligence (AI) in a legal context. We believe that AI in the law is a current ‘hot topic’ and will be for the foreseeable future. We think it is advisable to stay up to date with developments in AI and the law.

We often talk about the ways in which AI can help lawyers. However, AI also brings challenges. Today we noticed an excellent article by Amos Toh (Senior Researcher, Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights) entitled ‘EU (European Union) Should Regulate Artificial Intelligence to Protect Rights’ [1].

The article begins by highlighting the fact that, in the last ten years, AI has been used ‘to monitor protests, predict crime, and profile minorities’ in ways which, according to the article ‘threaten our human rights’. The article refers to a letter that has been published this week (week commencing 11th January 2021) by Human Rights Watch which, among other things, urges the European Commission to do what it has pledged to do and ‘safeguard fundamental EU values and rights’.

The article goes on to discuss the way AI technology (such as facial recognition) can trigger human rights abuses.

As we have said before, what will be of interest is in how the law responds to changes in technology that seem to be happening on a daily basis. Yes, AI has the potential to bring many positive things to legal practice. However, it also has – as this article highlights – the potential to threaten human rights.


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