Public event

Protecting our human rights in the digital age

As more and more aspects of our lives move into the digital sphere and the distinction between what is “online” and “offline” becomes increasingly muddled, the question of how to protect human rights in the digital sphere is more urgent than ever.

How can we adapt to the proliferation of artificial intelligence in processes ranging from credit scoring to the administration of government services or "predictive policing"? Does facial recognition make our streets safer or is it one of the biggest threats to the right to privacy and equal treatment under the law? How can strategic litigation – litigation with broad impact and which can bring about legislative or policy change – provide answers to protecting human rights in a digital age?

Join us as we welcome Nani Jansen Reventlow, human rights lawyer and Director of the Digital Freedom Fund, for a discussion on digital rights and future challenges of technology. This event is part of the Fundamental Rights in Practice event series.

Guest speaker

Nani Jansen Reventlow is the founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund, which supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation. She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Nani is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers. She is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she was a 2016-2017 Fellow. Nani has been an advisor to Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic since 2016. (Photo credit: Tetsuro Miyazaki)


Başak Çalı is Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Director of the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights. She is an expert in international law and institutions, international human rights law and policy. She is the Chair of European Implementation Network and a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex. She has acted as a Council of Europe expert on the European Convention on Human Rights since 2002. She has extensive experience in training members of the judiciary and lawyers across Europe in the field of human rights law. She received her PhD in International Law from the University of Essex in 2003.

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