IGF 2023 WS #134 Guidelines for the Judiciary on the Use of Generative AI


Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Emerging Technologies
Chat GPT, Generative AI, and Machine Learning

Organizer 1: Charline d'Oultremont, 🔒UNESCO
Organizer 2: Prateek Sibal, UNESCO
Organizer 3: Cédric Wachholz, 🔒

Speaker 1: Prateek Sibal, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 2: Juan Gutierrez, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Jhalak Mrignayani Kakkar, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: Paul Grimm, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 5: Stankovich Miriam , Private Sector, Intergovernmental Organization


Prateek Sibal, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization

Online Moderator

Charline d'Oultremont, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization


Cédric Wachholz, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization


Panel - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

What are the potential legal and ethical implications of using Generative AI in judicial processes, and how can these challenges be addressed to ensure fairness and justice?
How can transparency and accountability be insured in the use of generative AI by judicial actors and what mechanisms should be in place to mitigate any risks associated with its deployment?
What role should oversight and regulation play in governing the use of generative AI in the judiciary and how can guidelines be developed to provide clear frameworks for its responsible use while safeguarding fundamental rights and principles of the legal system?

What will participants gain from attending this session? By attending our session, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the use of generative AI in the legal system, including its applications and legal implications. We will delve into the legal and ethical considerations surrounding the utilization of generative AI in judicial processes and provide guidelines for its responsible use. This session aims to foster knowledge-sharing and discussion among legal professionals, creating a platform for exchanging ideas and experiences related to the use of generative AI in the judiciary. Participants will benefit from a collaborative environment that encourages diverse perspectives and expertise, leading to informed decision-making. Importantly, insights gathered from the session will directly inform the development of guidelines for the judiciary on the use of generative AI. By actively participating, attendees will contribute to shaping these guidelines, ensuring their comprehensiveness, relevance, and alignment with the legal landscape and ethical considerations surrounding generative AI.


The Workshop on Guidelines for the Judiciary on the use of Generative AI aims to provide a platform for representatives from judicial systems, academics, experts, and training institutions to share their experiences and, expertise regarding the use of generative AI in the judiciary. Generative AI refers to deep-learning models that can generate high-quality text, images, and other content based on the data they were trained on. This discussion will address both legal and ethical challenges, transparency, accountability, and the need for adequate oversight. Participants will not only discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with using generative AI in the legal system but also share their experiences and discuss the challenges they have faced or that they anticipate.

Expected Outcomes

The objective of this workshop is to discuss the challenges, risks and opportunities associated with the use for generative AI tools by judicial actors (such as judges, prosecutors and lawyers) to inform the guidelines to be developed by UNESCO as part of its programme on AI, the Rule of Law and Freedom of Expression. The guidelines will be shared with UNESCO’s network of over 25,000 judicial operators in over 160 countries, which have been, engaged in the framework of the Judges’ initiative to raise awareness of judicial actors on international and regional standards on freedom of expression issues.

Hybrid Format: We are organizing a synchronous hybrid session for both online and onsite participants to engage and interact in real-time. Clear instructions will be provided to ensure smooth participation, including sharing the agenda, policy questions, and objective of the guidelines, for joining the conference and accessing materials. High-quality audio and video will be ensured for speakers and participants, both online and onsite. Interactive elements like polls, surveys, Q&A sessions, and online tools such as Miro will be incorporated to engage all participants. Prior registration for an online course on AI and the Rule of Law will be encouraged, allowing participants to contribute questions and comments in advance. This will help us understand common concerns. Post-session, the discussion forum will facilitate information exchange among participants to build these guidelines for the judiciary