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International organizations are delving deeper into the nexus between AI development and human rights. This is particularly evident in recent declarations such as the Convention on Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law by the Council of Europe, and the EU AI Act. However, even experts across various fields, including constitutional and public law, international human rights, and governmental bodies such as constitutional courts, international human rights organizations, legislators, and international organizations, are grappling with clarifying the human rights impact of AI amidst a plethora of alternative concepts.

To address these complexities, the Institute of Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI) in partnership with Globethics has established the International AI and Human Rights Summit. This one-day intensive workshop based event serves as a pivotal platform uniting global stakeholders to deliberate on the ramifications of AI on the protection and promotion of human rights. 

The summit will begin with a panel discussion moderated by Caitlin Corrigan entitled ‘Integration of Human Rights for AI Operations’. We are pleased to announce the speakers for this panelist discussion are Muhammadou M. O. Kah, Marcello Ienca and Sarah Hechler.

Muhammadou M. O. Kah is the Ambassador of The Republic of the Gambia to the Swiss confederation & Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva, World Trade Organisation (WTO), and other international organizations at Geneva, Switzerland. He served as the past Chairman of the Africa Group of Ambassadors at Geneva (April 2021- Sept. 2021) and currently is the Vice President (Africa) for the UN Human Rights Council (2022 and 2023); Vice Chairman for UNCTAD’s Commission on Science and Technology Development and a member of the Advisory Board of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Bureau (TDB) (June 2021-July 2023). Amb. Prof. Kah served as one of two Ambassadors designated as Friends of the Chair of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly and serves as one of the Vice Chairs of the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is a founding Board member of The International Digital Health and AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR), Geneva, Switzerland; Council Member: DCAF-Geneva Center For Security sector Governance Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland.

Marcello Ienca, PhD, conducts research on the ethically sustainable development of AI systems and neurotechnologies. He uses theoretical and empirical methods to investigate the ethical, social and political implications of these technologies focusing on topics such as the brain-machine interface, the relationship between AI and human cognition, and the ethical processing of Big Data. He is known for his pioneering work on neurorights. He is the Neuroethics Lead of the International Brain Initiative and an expert advisor to the UN.

Sarah Hechler is a human rights and labour standards expert with the UN Global Compact Network Germany. Corporate human rights due diligence has been at the core of her work since her dual degree in human rights and international political economy. Building on her prior work with multi-stakeholder initiatives in the automotive and energy industry, she contributes to the local catalogue of learning formats and publications of the largest global initiative on corporate sustainability.

This TUM IEAI event will take place on July 16th, 2024 at 9:00 (CEST) at TUM Garching. Please be advised the event has reached full capacity for attendance. Information about recordings will be available shortly after the event.

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