NHRI Academy 2022: artificial intelligence and human rights


The 9th edition of the NHRI Academy will focus on one of the most important emerging human rights topics: artificial intelligence (AI). Representatives from NHRIs from across Europe will gather in person –  for the first time since 2019 – in Tirana, Albania, to look at how they can address challenges linked to AI within their mandates.

What will they learn? 

Over the course of the week, they will consider and learn how to:

  • assess the impact of AI on human rights;
  • use the NHRI mandate to tackle human rights-related issues linked to AI;
  • take advantage of opportunities brought by digital technology and AI for more effective promotion and protection of human rights.

Alongside AI-related topics, training will also be held on the independence of NHRIs, including mainstreaming the Principles Relating to the Status of National Human Rights Institutions (Paris Principles), and prioritising gender in the work of NHRIs.

Who is organising the event? 

The event is being organised by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), in partnership with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law, the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, and the Office of People’s Advocate (of Albania.

What is the NHRI Academy?

The NHRI Academy is an annual flagship event organised by ODIHR and ENNHRI. It aims to:

  • provide a long-standing resource for the continuing professional development of NHRI staff;
  • support professional networking between NHRIs in the OSCE region, and between NHRIs, ODIHR, ENNHRI and other stakeholders and organisations.

Read more on previous editions of the NHRI Academy.