Regulating Artificial Intelligence through a Human Rights-Based Approach in Africa

Oyeniyi Abe, Akinyi J. Eurallyah

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While the dawn of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions have aided in solving some of societal challenges, globalization and technological innovation potentially have the capability to disrupt, suspend, or change existing legal order, preventing the realization of business and human rights principles. For example, with AI-enabled systems, Africans can now access better healthcare, education, health, and transportation. However, AI has the potential to undermine human rights concerns. This article contextualizes the usage of AI systems and its implications for human rights violations. With particular reference to Africa, it gives an overarching context capable of constructing legal reactions to corporate related human rights violations. Some of the questions posed are: What are the ways human rights can be protected from exploitative tendencies of AI companies? How can African states, and businesses respond to regulatory challenges triggered by loss of work due to automation? What innovations and new methodologies are to be designed to engage with a sustainable and automated future? Finally, we propose reforms for corporate entities developing and deploying AI to respect human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-448
Number of pages24
JournalAfrican Journal of Legal Studies
Issue number4
Early online date24 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2022


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