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Ensuring effective protection of the profession of lawyer: call for a legally-binding instrument

PACE’s Standing Committee today expressed its concern at the numerous cases of violations of lawyers’ rights, including attacks on their safety and independence, in recent years. Lawyers continue to be targeted for their involvement in human rights-related cases, or for their work denouncing... More

‘Enlarged’ Standing Committee: debates on the impact of COVID-19 and the challenges of artificial intelligence

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met successively on 12 and 13 October, then on 22 and 23 October, by video-conference. This “enlarged” meeting replaced the October part-session of PACE and allowed all PACE members to take the floor... More

PACE will not observe the presidential election in the Republic of Moldova

Due to the travel restrictions enacted by a number of member States regarding travel to the Republic of Moldova, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has decided not to maintain its scheduled election observation mission for the presidential election to be held in the... More

Justice by algorithm? PACE urges smart regulation of AI in criminal justice to avoid unfairness

PACE is calling for national legal frameworks to regulate the use of Artificial Intelligence in police and criminal justice work, based on core principles of transparency, fairness, safety, privacy, and the clear attribution of human responsibility for all decisions in this area. While the use of... More

Establishing a ‘legally binding instrument’ for democratic governance of AI

The Standing Committee, meeting by videoconference, stressed the need for a global regulatory framework for AI, based on the protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and proposed that the Committee of Ministers support the elaboration of a “legally binding instrument” governing... More

Artificial intelligence: act now to prevent discrimination

Many uses of artificial intelligence (AI) can have a direct impact on equality of access to fundamental rights, including the right to private life and access to justice, employment, health and public services. Considering that such uses of AI may cause or exacerbate discrimination in these... More