IGF 2023 WS #191 EU law as driving force to push AI Governance, saving lives

Organizer 1: Auke Pals, 🔒
Organizer 2: Lisa Vermeer, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Organizer 3: Mevissen Cas, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
Organizer 4: Marjolijn Bonthuis Bonthuis, 🔒NLIGF
Organizer 5: Hogewoning Marco, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Speaker 1: Juliana Sakai, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Auke Pals, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Lisa Vermeer, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Hogewoning Marco, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Marjolijn Bonthuis Bonthuis, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Mevissen Cas, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. Wat kan het effect zijn van Europese regelgeving op AI voor het wereldwijde ecosysteem?
B. How should international standardization organizations respond to European AI regulation?
C. How can civil society contribute to effective enforcement of AI rules

What will participants gain from attending this session? Key takeaways:

(1) Clarity on the spillover effect of European legislation: Participants will gain insights into how the AI Act, as the first legislation specifically regulating AI applications, can have a significant spillover effect on global legislation. They will understand how European regulations can influence and shape AI governance frameworks and laws in other regions of the world.

(2) Gain insights into how the AI governance ecosystem is evolving across various types of organizations worldwide. They will learn about different approaches, best practices, and emerging trends in AI governance, enabling them to adapt and align their own organizations' strategies accordingly.

(3) Create insights into the roles that are likely to emerge in the global AI ecosystem as AI governance evolves. They will explore the responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required for these roles and understand how they can actively shape and contribute to the development of the AI governance landscape.


In the European Union, laws and regulations regarding the use of Artificial Intelligence are currently being finalized. This is the first time that substantial legislation has been developed specifically for the use of Artificial Intelligence.

The AI Act is the first legislation to regulate AI applications. Not all AI applications, but rather through a risk-based approach. This has a significant impact beyond the EU where this law applies. The AI Act applies to all organizations working with AI products in the EU.

Many non-European suppliers are active in this field in the EU. This means that these organizations must also comply with the AI Act depending on the risk-level of the product. The direct effect of this is that they must have an AI governance framework in place to meet the obligations.

The AI Act distinguishes between various roles involved in meeting the requirements, namely the user and provider of the AI system. Nevertheless, this law also has implications for other stakeholders, namely civil society, regulators, auditors, and other lawmakers outside the EU.

Both the risk-based approach and the different roles make this a complex law to implement, from meeting requirements, to enforcement and evaluating effectiveness. A significant spillover effect on organizations worldwide in foreseen. It will probably set a global standard that requires organizations to restructure and adhere to the specified norms in the AI governance landscape.

The goal of the session is to explore with the participants what is needed to:
• Create a harmonized AI governance framework for organizations to mitigate risks of AI.
• Promote global adoption through interoperability of regulatory regimes across the world.
• Ensure that the legislation can remain future-oriented.
We will do this together with the participants, including a lawmaker, AI developer, civil society organization, and auditor.

Expected Outcomes

The session aims to achieve three main outcomes:

(1) The session endeavours to foster collaborative discussions among participants, enabling the exchange of diverse perspectives and experiences related to the policy questions at hand. By engaging in open and constructive dialogue, attendees can contribute to a collective pool of comprehensive solutions. This can inform discussions on AI governance at EU level about the AI Act and in various global multistakeholder fora such as the OECD and ITU.

(2) The report from this IGF workshop will not only serve as a valuable resource within the Policy network on Artificial Intelligence, but it will also be disseminated widely to policymakers, researchers, and practitioners in the field. This broad distribution will ensure that the knowledge and recommendations generated during the session reach a diverse audience, creating a greater understanding of the surrounding AI governance.

Hybrid Format: To facilitate interaction between onsite and online speakers and attendees, we will ensure to have the following measures taken:
(1) Firstly, we will ensure a balanced approach that grants equal participation opportunities to both onsite and online participants. This includes equal speaking time and encouraging speakers to address both groups. The onsite moderator will actively facilitate interaction, ensuring questions and comments from both groups are heard and addressed. Seamless collaboration between the onsite and online moderators will also be ensured.

(2) Secondly, to enhance participation and interaction, we will utilize interactive tools such as live polls, chat features, and Q&A sessions. These online platforms will foster inclusivity, enabling active engagement from all participants regardless of their location.

Our goal is to create a dynamic and inclusive session that allows for meaningful interaction and exchange of ideas between onsite and online participants, ensuring a valuable experience for all involved