Algorithms, Human Rights & US Law; What’s Next?

As Artificial Intelligence continues to quickly combine with the legal sector, is it possible to recommend that Human Rights can actually be released by a lifeless machine? Below Portia Vincent-Kirby, on behalf of Hudson McKenzie, goes over the development of algorithms in the US legal sphere. Algorithms are a hot subject in law. For example, new algorithm systems in technology have actually just recently been launched, particularly in the US, which permits the police sector to figure out precisely where when a criminal activity may happen before it does, based upon ‘predictive policing’ coding. Additionally, new algorithm procedures are also set to go into the court scene using “algorithmic dispute-resolution systems”, which might see the ultimate decrease of using human judges and attorneys entirely. One advantage of using algorithms in the legal sector is that expenses can be minimized drastically, along with the circulation of justice being improved through a well-defined decision-making procedure.

Nevertheless, precisely how far does making use of algorithms effect upon Human Rights typically? Can an algorithm machine actually be a warranted means of carrying out and preserving Human Rights law? 

For example, it was just recently also revealed that computer system algorithms can also be prone to mistake, where might frame an innocent person. This means that the person in question would have their Human Rights significantly infringed upon, without use of defense versus a computer system ran law system. This is predominately because, when taking legal action against a computer system algorithm for a criminal activity versus a human, a judge (if a human one is still to exist) would need to take a look at who is accountable for the criminal activity– the programmer, operator or implementor? For that reason, so to prevent such scenarios, the consistent development of algorithm-based technology need to be made to adhere with Human Rights law.

This also means that as the combining with Artificial Intelligence establishes, country states might also be anticipated to boost their own application with the international understanding of Human Rights law, so to change with the around the world algorithm development appropriately.