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  1. About the Centre for Advanced Studies in Human Rights

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Human Rights (‘CASIHR’) is a research centre under the aegis of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. The Centre’s primary objective is to undertake, support and promote advanced study and interdisciplinary research on the emerging trends in human rights and its allied fields.

The CASIHR stating its aims and objectives posits–

“In full recognition of the complex national and international issues involved, the CASIHR intends to approach any study and research from a multi-level and multi-actor perspective. Besides such studies and independent applied research, it ambitiously aims-

  1. at creating working documents serving as advice to policy makers on human rights governance and public policy issues; and 
  2. to regularly organize conferences, seminars and debates on the relevant topics.” 

II. About the Human Rights Blog

The Human Rights Blog is an egalitarian space welcoming original contributions involving critical interdisciplinary research on human rights developments across the world. It aims to initiate and promote dialogue, discussion and discourse between various actors and stakeholders in the field of human rights. It intends to provide an accessible forum for timely, relevant, well-researched, and edited scholarly articles. It is based on a contributor-based model.

III. About the Theme

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an entire domain of knowledge which includes machine learning, big data analytics and algorithms. They are a collection of systems and technologies that are programmed to imitate or even outperform the tasks performed by humans through the collection and processing of data. They reflect the decision making that mirrors human reasoning. Once, AI was confined within the bounds of science-fiction, but we now carry systems powered by AI in our pockets and wear them on our wrists. Human behavior forms the nucleus for the AI technologies to function. This intrinsic intertwining of these systems in our daily life and the functioning of the society indicates the far reaching implication that they can have on human beings.

The rapid adoption of AI technologies at the existing scale and increased reliance upon AI by both government and the private sector in various walks of life demand attention towards the potential negative implications for human rights, democratic accountability, and the bedrock principles of free societies. Therefore, it has become imperative to address this interesting interface of human beings and artificial beings from a humanitarian perspective and by means of this special series we seek to initiate and promote discourse on the interface of artificial intelligence and human rights.

IV.Sub-Themes

  1. AI and Its Role in changing the face of freed speech and Censorship
  2. Role of AI in furthering racial and gender based discrimination
  3. AI and Automation: A Precursor for Rising Income Disparity
  4. AI and Machine Learning: A Tool for promoting bias?
  5. Interface of AI and children rights: risks and opportunities
  6. AI and its impact on environment
  7. AI, Global Governance and Ethics
  8. AI and Right to self determination of societies
  9. AI and legal personhood-Lifting the Artificial Veil
  10. Impact of AI driven Digital health Technologies: Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  11. The future of Right to Privacy and Data Governance in the Era of AI
  12. AI in Criminal Law Enforcement & Justice
  13. AI and Consumer Rights: Bridging the Gaps in Accountability and Transparency
  14. AI as a potential tool to Combat Cyber Bullying and Abuse
  15. AI and its impact on Right to Work and livelihood

The sub-themes are only illustrative and submissions are not restricted to the aforementioned sub-themes, provided that they fall within the ambit of the main theme.

V.Submission Guidelines 

  1. The Human Rights Blog invites submissions from students, human right researchers, academicians, practitioners, members of civil society organizations and policymakers.
  2. The title of the manuscript should indicate the sub-theme that has been chosen by the author(s).
  3. The word limit for the submission shall be 1000-1500 words, accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words. The word limit is exclusive of end-notes and abstract.
  4. Co-authorship to a maximum of two authors, of the same or different institutions is permissible.
  5. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited.
  6. Referencing and citations must be put up in the form of in text hyperlinks for internet sources. Endnotes for offline sources shall adhere to any uniform citation format.
  7. The body of the manuscript should be in Times New Roman, font size 12 with 1.5 line spacing. The endnotes should be in Times New Roman, font size 10 with single line spacing. The text alignment should be justified.
  8. Submissions should include the manuscript in .doc or .docx format. The manuscript should not contain the name of the author or his/ her institutional affiliation or any other identification mark.

VI.Submission Procedure

Submissions shall only be made by e-mailing the manuscripts at casihr@rgnul.ac.in.

Authors are requested to read the Guidelines for Authors and our Editorial Policy before submitting their manuscripts.

The last date for submission is 25th April, 2021 by 11:59 PM IST.

VII. Contact Us

In case of any query, contact us at casihr@rgnul.ac.in.

Website at https://casihrrgnul.wordpress.com/

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