On 28 October 2021, the hybrid workshop AI & Human Rights: Friend or Foe? took place. Several researchers discussed the prospective impact of artificial intelligence on human rights. This resulted in a fruitful and lively discussion among the participants joining in from different parts of the world.
The workshop, organised by Jeroen Temperman, Professor of International Law and Religion at Erasmus School of Law, and Alberto Quintavalla, Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, is part of a larger ongoing project on the interaction between human rights and artificial intelligence and benefitted from both the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance sponsorship.
Klaus Heine, Professor of Law and Economics at Erasmus School of Law, started the workshop with a presentation on The Challenges of AI for Human Rights Research. Evert Stamhuis, Professor of Law and Innovation at Erasmus School of Law, presented his current research, Transnationality and Locality in AI Ethics, and acted as chair of a panel. Masuma Shahid, lecturer and PhD candidate researching LGBTQ+ Rights at Erasmus School of Law, was a speaker with a presentation on Queering AI: how the use of queer theory could lead to more inclusivity and diversity in AI for the LGBTQ+ community and Kostina Prifti and Esra Demir, both PhD researchers at Erasmus School of Law, were active participants at the workshop.
The workshop has been a great success, as it provided valuable insights on the relation between AI and Human Rights and on which legal and economic elements should be considered in this high-tech development