HUMAN RIGHTS, BIG DATA AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECT

Participation in a Project Led by the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre

Started in May 2016

We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project (HRBDT) housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre.

This five years project aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.

By bringing together academics and experts from the human rights field, the United Nations (UN), technology and Internet industries, the project intends to develop good practice guidelines and to propose rights-based regulatory responses and remedies to ensure effective human rights enjoyment and protection.

Focus on Regulation of State and Non-State Actors in the Use of Big Data Technology

Our participation in the project focuses, via academic research, on issues related to regulation of state and non-state actors in the use of big data and technology. We particularly analyse whether existing regulatory frameworks and mechanisms – like the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – are apt to regulate big data and associated technologies while ensuring human rights protection. Drawing from existing regulation theories, the research intends to highlight alternative regulatory approaches that could be used to inform or update current legislation.

Support to Outreach Activities in Geneva

We also provide support for the project’s outreach activities in Geneva with UN human rights mechanisms, diplomats, academics and practitioners via public events, expert meetings and consultations.

OUTPUT

May 2018: Geneva Conference on Human Rights in the Digital Age

On 24 May 2018, The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (HRBDT) Project, based at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, held a full day conference at the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva. The conference, titled Human Rights in a Digital Age, brought together academics, civil society, diplomats, representatives from international organisations, and legal practitioners to discuss three major topics: (1) the advancement of human rights in the digital age; (2) the risks and challenge to human rights in the digital age; and (3) responses to these risks and challenges and the development of human rights frameworks in the digital age. A short summary of the event is available here.

MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

Session of the UN Human Rights Committee Event

The role of human rights mechanisms in implementing international humanitarian law

13- November 2019

This scientific colloquium during the 2019 Geneva Human Rights Week, organized by the University of Geneva in cooperation with the Geneva Academy, will discuss the implementation of international humanitarian law by human rights mechanisms.

Read more

Picture on the cover of the book of a favela Event

Taking Stock of the Inter-American System of Human Rights: Challenges and Achievements 60 years on

November 2019, 18:00-20:00

To launch the book Doctrine, Practice and Advocacy in the Inter-American Human Rights System, leading academics and practitioners will share insights from theory and practice on the Inter-American System today.

Read more

An aerial view of camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), which have appeared following latest attacks by M23 rebels and other armed groups in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Short Course

International Refugee Law

6 March - April 2020

This short course analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Read more

Afghanistan, Parwan detention facility. Inside a room where detainees of the prison, separated by an acrylic glass, are allowed to meet with their families a couple of times per year with the help of the ICRC employees who facilitate the programme. Short Course

Preventing and Combating Terrorism

27 February - March 2020

This short course discusses the extent to which states may  limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.

Read more

Panel Discussion: Project

Treaty Body Members’ Platform

Started in January 2014

The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.

Read more