The Framework Convention on AI and human rights, democracy and the rule of law – TOPIC 03 Sub 02 2024

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19 June 2024 | 11:30 - 12:15 EEST | Auditorium
Consolidated programme 2024 overview

Proposals: #31 #36 #39 #70 #72 #82 (see list of proposals)

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Session teaser

On 17 May 2024, the Council of Europe adopted the Framework Convention on Artificial Intelligence and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, the first international treaty in this field, which will be opened for signature in Vilnius in September. This session offers a discussion on this first-of-its-kind instrument with those directly involved in its elaboration.

Session description

The Council of Europe Framework Convention on Artificial Intelligence and human rights, democracy and the rule of law is the first-ever international legally binding treaty aimed at ensuring the respect of human rights, the rule of law and democracy legal standards in the use of artificial intelligence systems.

Its adoption by Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (Ministers of Foreign Affairs) on 17 May 2024 marked the culmination of several years of intense work within the Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAI), involving the 46 Council of Europe member states, the European Union and 11 non-member states (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, the Holy See, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the United States of America, and Uruguay), as well as representatives of the private sector, civil society and academia, who participated as observers.

The aim of the session is to bring together different stakeholders having taken an active role in the elaboration and negotiation of the Framework Convention, and to offer the audience an insight into the making of this groundbreaking instrument.


The session is divided into 2 parts:

- a panel discussion between the key participants moderated by the Chair of the CAI, Ambassador Thomas Schneider

- interaction with the audience, in the form of a Q&A

Further reading

Information on the Framework Convention can be found on its dedicated webpage, and in this newly published brochure (available also in French)


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Programme Committee member(s)

  • Desara Dushi
  • Jörn Erbguth
  • Meri Baghdasaryan,
  • Minda Moreira

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Focal Points

  • Louise Riondel, Council of Europe
  • Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)

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  • Gianluca Diana
  • Giacomo Mazzone
  • Louise Riondel

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Key Participants

  • Mr David FAIRCHILD - First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Canada to the Office of the United Nations, Head of Delegation of Canada to the CAI
  • Mrs Laura GALINDO - AI and Privacy Policy Manager, META
  • Mr Mario HERNÁNDEZ RAMOS - Constitutional Law Professor, Complutense University of Madrid, Head of Delegation of Spain to the CAI
  • Mr David MARTI - Founder, AI Programme Lead, Pour Demain (online)


  • Mr Thomas SCHNEIDER - Ambassador, Chair of the CAI, Vice-Director, Swiss Federal Office of Communication (OFCOM), Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC)

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