IGF 2023 WS #288 A Global Human Rights Approach to Responsible AI Governance

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (02:30 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (04:00 UTC)
WS 2 – Room A

Organizer 1: Ian Barber, 🔒Global Partners Digital
Organizer 2: Marina Atoji Atoji, Transparência Brasil

Speaker 1: Marlena Wisniak, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Juan Carlos Lara, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Tara Denham,  Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Naimi Shahla, Private Sector, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 5: Pratek Sibal, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 6: Rumman Chowdhury, Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 7: Oluseyi Oyebisi, Civil Society, African Group


Ian Barber, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Marina Atoji Atoji, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Michaela Shapiro, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

(a) How can the international human rights framework be leveraged to ensure responsible AI governance in a rapidly changing context? (b) What are the global implications for human rights in the absence of effective frameworks and responsible AI governance? (c) How can we foster meaningful engagement by all relevant stakeholders including civil society, private companies, technical experts and governments, particularly from the global south (majority world), to tackle responsible AI governance?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants and attendees of the session will take away: (a) Timely snapshot of the most relevant ongoing regulatory processes linked with responsible AI governance, including perspectives on those processes from a diverse group of experts representing different stakeholder groups and geographies. (b) Knowledge of the relevance of the international human rights framework and its significance for responsible AI governance. (c) Deeper understanding of the relationship between national, regional and global efforts on responsible AI governance and how they may complement or conflict with each other. (d) Insights into some of the ongoing efforts undertaken by companies in human rights due diligence of AI products.


To address a widely acknowledged gap in discussions on AI governance, this session will hear from global South experts and examine ongoing efforts across the globe to tackle responsible AI governance with a particular focus on the international human rights law framework. This multistakeholder group will examine efforts at the Council of Europe to develop a regulatory framework on AI, the European Union’s AI Act, the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, and Human Rights Council resolutions on the right to privacy and new and emerging technologies. The purpose of this session will be to demonstrate how these normative processes reflect a global effort to pursue responsible AI governance. This session will highlight the need for meaningful engagement by civil society from all regions in relevant processes and oversight of the implementation of various frameworks. It will also examine ongoing efforts by companies to conduct human rights due diligence as they pertain to the development of AI products. This session will serve as an opportunity for various stakeholders, including companies’ representatives and civil society organisations from a wide spectrum of geographies, to share perspectives on responsible AI governance with a human rights approach, and to reflect on the global implications of the current rapid deployment of AI consumer facing products, with the view to ensuring that discussions on AI governance are more inclusive of all those affected.

Expected Outcomes

The session will prompt a meaningful discussion on the global implications of the rapid design, development and deployment of consumer facing AI products, with a focus on the human rights impacts and the need for enhanced accountability from public and private actors. The session will create new opportunities for collaboration amongst stakeholders. The session aims to expand the participation of civil society, particularly from the global South (majority world), in different instances of policy development for responsible AI at the global level. The session also will help to inform government representatives of the perspectives of other stakeholders and the relevance of the international human rights framework for responsible AI governance. We believe it will feed into broader efforts to ensure a truly inclusive and rights-respecting approach to responsible AI governance, and serve as a springboard for action.

Hybrid Format: We anticipate that speakers will be a mix of onsite and online speakers. We will ensure interaction between attendees by requesting questions throughout the session and ensuring the moderators have time to incorporate audience input and address questions shared in the chat function. The design of the session will ensure the best possible experience for online and onsite participants to engage by ensuring coordination by the moderators and the constant monitoring of the chat function. The moderators will coordinate and play an active role by encouraging dialogue and posing questions and comments shared in the chat function directly to the panellists. We will make use of other tools, if available, such as polls, to engage the audience and solicit input from attendees. We will also set aside time for audience (onsite and online) questions after each round of speakers' interventions.

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

(1) the need for a human rights approach to AI governance to be accompanied by capacity building efforts to ensure all stakeholders understand and therefore can support such efforts: (2) the need for Global Majority voices to feed into global forums on AI governance and ensure that frameworks respond to local concerns

Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)

(1) The need for the Hiroshima Process to greater consider human rights; (2) Assessing the impacts and utility of regulatory frameworks after enacted