DJI signs MoU with UNICRI
Dubai, UAE, 13 October 2019: Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) to cooperate in a number of fields with common specialities and exchange expertise to benefit the judicial and legal institutions and raise the legal level of members of the judiciary.
It also aims to benefit from jointly-organised events and participation as well as exchange trainers and participants in both institutes.
The MoU was signed by HE Justice Dr Jamal Al Sumaiti, Director General of DJI, and Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, UNICRI Director.
Al Sumaiti commented: “The launch of the UAE Strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) by the wise government represents the new phase following the launch of the smart government to fully rely on AI in government services and data analysis by 2031. The strategy also aims to improve government performance, accelerate achievement, and create innovative working environments on which all services, sectors, and infrastructure in the UAE will rely in the future and in line with the UAE Centennial 2071 that aims to make the UAE the best country in the world across all fields. Our motivation was to act as the entity specialised in providing, preparing, and qualifying all judicial and legal personnel through our partnership with major international institutions, especially as according to the directives of the wise government, the next stage will require citizens specialised in AI across all fields, including the justice sector to serve our supreme national interests. In this way, our country can be a new hub for developing AI mechanisms, techniques, and legislation in an effort to achieve the trust of our wise leadership in the judicial sector.
Al Sumaiti added: “The first fruit of this cooperation is the organisation of the first edition of the ‘Shaping the Future of Judicial Knowledge’ workshop under the theme ‘Artificial Intelligence Today and Beyond.’ DJI continues to seek the best partners from around the world to enhance its performance and support its mission of providing the legal and judicial sectors with the best possible opportunities to enhance competencies and qualifications as well as exchange expertise to maintain the competitiveness of the UAE in this field.”
The MoU reflects the keenness of both parties to achieve many of the common objectives, especially strengthening cooperation in areas of common interest, exchanging information and ideas and promoting open legal and judicial talks and constructive discussions to exchange views on the legal and judicial system and continue discussions on means to strengthen and develop legal talent in an era of new technologies such as AI .
The ‘Shaping the Future of Judicial Knowledge’ workshop will be held over two days on 15 and 16 October at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City and will highlight the ways and benefits of employing AI in the legal and judicial fields, with the participation of elite speakers, legal personnel, and experts in the field of AI. The workshop will witness the participation of a number of official spokespersons, as well as national competencies specialised in the fields related to the workshop’s topics and specialised international organisations.
UNICRI was est
ablished in 1968 to catalyse the expansion of United Nations’ crime prevention and criminal justice activities. The Institute carries out research and practical training; launches technical cooperation programmes; assists governments and the international community in addressing criminal threats to social peace, development, and political stability; and promotes the development of fair and effective criminal justice systems. In 2017, it opened its Centre for AI and Robotics in The Hague, the Netherlands, with a view toward advancing understand of these technologies from a crime, justice and security perspective.
Following the signature of the MoU, Mr. Irakli Beridze, Head of the UNICRI Centre for AI and Robotics, said: “For several years now, we have been working with law enforcement to enhance effectiveness and effiency in preventing and controlling crime and reinforcing the rule of law, while always remaining consistent fundamental rights and freedoms. Law enforcement is however only one part of the picture. If we are to truly capitalise on the transformative potential of these technologies and contribute to Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on peaceful, just and inclusive societies, we must also work with the judiciary to ensure they are prepared for the full range of legal ramificiations that are associated with AI. In this regard, we are proud of this new agreement and look forward to cooperating with DJI.”