Artificial Intelligence and International Human Rights Law

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Artificial Intelligence and International Human Rights Law

Developing Standards for a Changing World

9781035337927 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Michał Balcerzak, Faculty of Political Science and Security Studies and Julia Kapelańska-Pręgowska, Faculty of Law and Administration, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
Publication Date: October 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 792 7 Extent: c 336 pp
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The open access publication has been financially supported by Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń as part of the research project: “Freedom or Security? Legal and Ethical Dilemmas of New Digital Technologies - the Perspective of International Human Rights Law and Security Policies” (IDUB grant, “Inter disciplinas excellentia”)


This book explores how international organizations have addressed the actual and potential human rights issues caused by AI technologies. Combining in-depth theoretical and doctrinal analysis with a pragmatic approach, it addresses vital questions on where accountability and responsibility for AI-related violations of human rights should lie.

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This book explores how international organizations have addressed the actual and potential human rights issues caused by AI technologies. Combining in-depth theoretical and doctrinal analysis with a pragmatic approach, it investigates vital questions on where accountability and responsibility for AI-related violations of human rights should lie.

Expert contributors examine the evolution, strengths, weaknesses and loopholes of international guidelines and standard-setting initiatives for AI by the United Nations, Council of Europe and European Union. Chapters focus on key situations in which the use of AI raises human rights concerns, including AI-supported decision-making in healthcare, public administration and cases of asylum; the use of facial recognition software; and the creation of deepfakes. Ultimately, the book highlights the need to establish effective oversight systems and adaptable remedies to protect human rights as AI continues to develop.

Demonstrating the significant implications of AI technology in all areas of human life, this book is a vital resource for academics and students of international human rights law and European law. It is also an important read for policymakers and professionals interested in data security and the utilization of AI-powered solutions.
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‘The pace at which AI is developing and having an impact on our lives and work is astonishing. Legal systems and policies are only slowly adjusting. Nevertheless, a number of international organizations, like the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union, have been carefully preparing regulatory responses. The contributions to the present book aptly analyze these efforts and the most pressing human rights challenges that AI poses. They provide important pointers to the question how international and European human rights systems can become more fully prepared for the new era.’
– Jan Wouters, KU Leuven, Belgium

‘The role of increasingly smart AI has resulted in amazing benefits for humanity but at the same time, has shown the potential to erode human rights afforded to individuals under constitutions and international law. This important and timely book provides a comprehensive discussion of how AI is affecting our basic human rights which I view as one of the most compelling topics for humanity to consider. The book will give the reader a thorough understanding of current international efforts to regulate AI from the perspective of human rights and with applications to democratic institutions, healthcare, data protection, copyright law, and other important topics. The book will be a valuable source to reference on how international human rights law is challenged by increasingly smart AI.’
– Woody Barfield, Editor, The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of Algorithms and Co-Author, Advanced Introduction to Law and Artificial Intelligence

‘This book provides a valuable contribution to the international discussion on standard-setting and regulation in this important field. It brings together an impressive number of authors on a large variety of pertinent aspects of the topic. It provides an interesting account of the discussions and processes behind the final texts agreed upon as well as important studies of the related issues.’
– Wolfgang Benedek, University of Graz, Austria
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