he Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI), an intergovernmental committee set up by Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to examine the feasibility of a legal framework for the development, design and application of artificial intelligence based on the organisation´s standards on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, is holding its first meeting in Strasbourg from 18 to 20 November.

The committee, which brings together representatives from the organisation´s 47 Member States, will have an exchange of views with leading experts on the impact of AI applications on individuals and society, the existing soft law instruments specifically dealing with AI and the existing legally binding international frameworks applicable to AI. It will also examine different national initiatives, policies and strategies, as well as the work undertaken so far by the Council of Europe and other organizations in this field.

In addition, the CAHAI will discuss the content of a feasibility study on a Council of Europe legal framework on AI, which will be completed following broad multi-stakeholder consultations with the private sector and civil society. Important issues which might be addressed by the feasibility study include the need for a common definition of AI, the mapping of the risks and opportunities arising from AI, notably its impact on human rights, rule of law and democracy, as well the opportunity to move towards a binding legal framework.

Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will deliver a speech at the opening.