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Call for input - Application of digital technologies in the administration of justice - Report to the General Assembly on human rights in the administration of justice

Issued by

OHCHR

Deadline

09 March 2024

Purpose: To inform the Secretary General’s report to the General Assembly, pursuant to resolution A/RES/77/219.

Background

In resolution 77/219, the General Assembly requested “the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its seventy-ninth session a report on the latest developments, challenges and good practices in human rights in the administration of justice, including on the application of digital technologies in the administration of justice, and on the activities undertaken by the United Nations system as a whole.”

Guiding questions on the inputs sought

  • Please provide information on the application of digital technologies in the administration of justice. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of artificial intelligence, including generative artificial intelligence, machine learning, and biometric identification systems, and surveillance systems, predictive analytics, digital case management systems, on-line hearings, and electronic monitoring, in the administration of justice.
  • With respect to the information above, please indicate what regulatory framework is used, whether the existing regulatory framework has been amended to accommodate the use of digital technology or whether specific regulation has been adopted for this purpose. Please indicate how data protection is legally guaranteed and enforced in the administration of justice.
  • With respect to the digital technologies used and referred to above, please provide information on the challenges and benefits of the use of these digital technologies as well as good practices and lessons learned.
  • Please provide information on the measures taken in the development and use of these digital technologies to ensure protection of human rights including, but not limited to, the rights to privacy, fair trial, non-discrimination, gender equality, enforced disappearance, liberty and security of the person and effective remedies.
  • Please indicate whether human rights impact assessments are undertaken prior to the design and implementation of digital technology used in the administration of justice, whether regular monitoring and evaluation are undertaken at later stages, and whether such assessments are made public.  
  • Please provide information on how these technologies accommodate and negatively impact persons often in vulnerable situations such as women, child and juveniles, persons with disabilities, migrants, minorities, indigenous peoples, and Africans and people of African descent.
  • Please provide information about whether specific measures have been taken to ensure accountability and access to remedies for violation of human rights resulting from the use of digital technologies in the administration of justice.
  • Please provide information on any decisions taken by the judiciary relating to the use of digital technology in the administration of justice.

How inputs will be used

Unless requested otherwise, the information provided may be made available on this page.

Next Steps

Input/comments may be sent by e-mail/fax/postal mail. They must be received by 9 March 2024 18:00 CEST.

Email address:
[email protected]

Email subject line:
Input for report to the General Assembly on human rights in the administration of justice.

File formats:
Word

Word limit:
2000 words

Accepted languages:
English, French, Spanish

Postal address:
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Fax:
+41 22 917 90 08