Toward an International Accord on AI


  • Marc Rotenberg


  • Tuan Nguyen
  • Eva Kaili
  • Malavika Jayaram
  • Marit Hansen

Organisation: Center for AI and Digital Policy (US)

Room: Grand Hall Online

Timing: 10:30 - 11:45 on 28 January 2021

There is growing support for an international legal framework for AI. In 2019, the OECD countries announced the AI Principles, which were then adopted by the G-20 nations. In 2020, the European Commission proposed a Transatlantic Agreement on AI. And in 2021, the Council of Europe is likely to propose an International treaty for AI, similar to the COE Privacy Convention. All of this AI policy activity points toward the establishment of an International Accord on AI. This panel will explore the current state of affairs and the next steps.

• What are the current legal frameworks for AI?
• What are the essential elements of a global AI legal framework?
• What are the plans to establish an International accord on AI?


Marc Rotenberg

Center for AI and Digital Policy (US)

Marc Rotenberg is Director of the Center for AI and Digital Policy. He is one of the world's leading experts on data protection, open government, and AI policy. He has served on many advisory panels, including the OECD AI Group of Experts. Marc helped draft the Universal Guidelines for AI, a widely endorsed policy framework for the regulation of Artificial Intelligence. Marc is the author of several textbooks on privacy law, open government, and AI policy, including the 2020 AI Policy Sourcebook and Privacy and Society (West Academic 2016). He teaches privacy law and the GDPR at Georgetown Law. Marc has spoken frequently before the US Congress, the European Parliament, the OECD, UNESCO, judicial conferences, and international organizations. Marc is a graduate of Harvard College, Stanford Law School, and Georgetown Law. He has previously led International comparative law studies on privacy and human rights, and cryptography and liberty.


Tuan Nguyen

Michael Dukakis Institute (US)

Nguyen Anh Tuan is Director of Michael Dukakis Institute, and CEO of Boston Global Forum. For his AI World Society Initiative and the concepts of AI-Government he developed, Vietnam National Television (VTV) named him Person of The Year 2018. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VietNamNet. Tuan served on the Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board from 2008 to 2016, and Chair of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at the University of California Los Angeles. In November of 2017, Tuan and Governor Michael Dukakis founded AI World Society Initiative, and in 2020 Tuan became a coauthor of Social Contract for the AI Age and AIWS City.

Eva Kaili


Malavika Jayaram

Digital Asia Hub

Malavika is the Executive Director of Digital Asia Hub, Hong Kong, an independent research think-tank incubated by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She previously practised law at Allen & Overy, London, and was Vice President & Technology Counsel at Citigroup. She taught India’s first course on IT & Law in 1997, and is adjunct faculty at Northwestern University School of Law. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Mozilla’s Tech Policy Fellowship. She is on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

Marit Hansen

Privacy Commissioner Schleswig-Holstein and Chief of Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (DE)

Since July 2015, Marit Hansen is the Privacy Commissioner Schleswig-Holstein and Chief of Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (ULD). Before being appointed Privacy Commissioner, she was Deputy Comissioner (since 2008) and in charge of the "Privacy Technology Projects" Division and the "Innovation Centre Privacy & Security" within ULD. Since her diploma in computer science in 1995 she has been working on privacy and security aspects with a focus on Privacy by Design from both the technical and the legal perspectives.