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Promoting Human Rights in Legal Tech & Border Control
29 March 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
March 29, 2023 (2pm-3pm ET)
Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Centre
Multipurpose Room (5th Floor)
Join Professor Sean Rehaag, Director of the Refugee Law Lab and York University, and Berkman Klein Centre Fellow Petra Molnar for a conversation on emerging technologies at the border, their human rights impacts, and innovative legal tools for increasing access to justice.
Abstract: States increasingly reach to new technologies in their efforts to control the movement of people across borders. This is particularly evident in Global North countries, which focus disproportionately on using technology to control the migration of racialized asylum seekers from the Global South. Such practices risk breaching internationally protected rights to seek asylum and force asylum seekers into dangerous migration routes. New border control technologies have also faced criticism for other rights violations, such as racial and religious biases, and concerns about transparency, privacy and consent. Advocates for non-citizens rightly push back against these technologies. Beyond critiquing these technologies, however, advocates should also explore opportunities for developing and utilizing human rights-enhancing technologies in the border control space. This presentation will provide examples of how emerging technologies can be employed to scrutinize border control decision-making for compliance with international and domestic law, and to support legal counsel representing asylum seekers and other non-citizens.