The Council of Europe adopted the first binding international treaty on Artificial Intelligence on May 17 this year


Mexio City May 20, 2024

The Council of Europe, a key international organization, made a historic move on May 17 this year by adopting the first binding international Treaty on Artificial Intelligence. This significant event took place in Strasbourg during the annual meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which brings together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 46 member states of the Council of Europe.

The Convention aims to ensure that human rights, the rule of law, and democratic principles are respected and guaranteed during artificial intelligence systems’ development and use. The Framework Convention will be signed in Vilnius (Lithuania) on September 5 at a Council of Europe conference and by non-European countries.

The Treaty is a comprehensive legal framework that spans all phases of the life cycle of artificial intelligence systems. It is meticulously designed to address the potential risks that these systems may pose, from their design and development to their use, leaving no aspect unaddressed.

As an Observer State of the Committee on Artificial Intelligence, we participated in drafting the Treaty. In our upcoming analysis, we will delve into the exclusion of specific issues such as national security, the principles and obligations that the Parties will have to comply with, and the technical-legal possibility and intention of the Mexican State to sign this Treaty.

In any case, adopting the Convention reflects the international relevance of human rights and democratic principles as standards in the governance of any AI system. Our firm’s IP and data protection area is here for you.


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