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Call for Papers

For more than 25 years, the JURIX conference has provided an international forum for academics and practitioners for the advancement of cutting edge research in the interface between law and computer technology.
The 2015 JURIX conference will take place at the University of Minho, Law School, Campus of Gualtar, Braga, Portugal, on 9, 10 and 11 December, 2015.
As JURIX 2015 approaches, more information will be published on the conference website, or distributed via Twitter by @jurixfoundation using the hashtag #jurix15.
The JURIX conferences are held under the auspices of the JURIX The Foundation for Legal Knowledge Systems.


We invite submission of original papers on the advanced management of legal information and knowledge, covering foundations, methods, tools, systems and applications. We welcome submissions belonging to one or more of the following categories:

I - Theory and foundations of AI & Law

Contributions to the theory and foundations of AI & Law. Papers should demonstrate (formal) validity, novelty and significance of the work.

  • Theoretical foundations for the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques in the legal domain;
  • Interdisciplinary research for the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques in the legal domain;
  • Representation languages and formalisms for legal knowledge;
  • Models of legal knowledge, including concepts (legal ontologies), rules, cases, principles, values and procedures;
  • Models of legal interactions of autonomous agents and digital institutions;
  • Formal methods and algorithms for the legal reasoning;
  • Formal models of norms, normative systems, and norm-governed societies.

II - Technology of AI & Law

Contributions to the technological advancement of AI & Law. Papers should demonstrate quality, novelty and significance of the work, and evaluate results.

  • Technology for expressing the structure and connections of legal texts and rules, including legislative, judicial, administrative acts as well as private documents, such as contracts;
  • Technology for expressing the semantics of legal information and knowledge, including legal Open Data;
  • Technology for the large scale analysis of legal knowledge and information;
  • Technology for the verification and validation of legal knowledge systems;
  • Technology for digital-rights management, access policies and authorisation, including issues in social networks;
  • Technology for natural language processing and annotation of legal texts;
  • Technology for social simulations in the legal domain;
  • Technology for information retrieval over large bodies of legal texts;
  • Support and methodologies for the acquisition, management or use of legal knowledge, using rules, cases, neural networks, intelligent agents or other methods.

III - Applications of AI & Law

Implementations of AI & Law technology in real world systems. Papers should demonstrate added value, novelty and significance of the work, and if possible, validate the described system and evaluate (potential) impact.

  • Support for the production and management of legislation, in agenda setting, policy analysis, drafting, publishing, workflow management, simulation, and monitoring implementation;
  • Support for the judiciary, in application of the law, analysis of evidence, management of cases;
  • Support for lawyers, in legal reasoning, document drafting, negotiation;
  • Support for police and other LEAs activities, in forensic inquiries, search and evaluation of evidence, management of investigations;
  • Support for public administration, in applying regulations and managing information;
  • Support for business, economic transactions, and other private parties in managing regulatory compliance and compliance of business processes;
  • Support for crowdsourcing and crowdfunding in managing regulatory compliance and compliance of business processes;
  • Support for data protection in e-Health applications, such as clinical decision support systems or electronic health record man
  • Support for private parties in using alternative forms of dispute resolution, particularly on-line;
  • Support for education by using legal information systems in a teaching environment.

IV - Other

Any other topic related to the field of Artificial Intelligence and Law.

V - Poster or Demo

A short description of a demo system, or new idea (max. 4 pages). Accepted papers will be offered the opportunity to present during a joint Poster & Demo session with the Doctoral Consortium papers (see below). Authors of demo papers should be willing to share (a screencast of) the demo privately with the reviewers, if so requested.

VI - Double Submission

We welcome and encourage the submission of high quality, original papers, which are not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere except to JURISIN'2015.
The double submission policy with JURISIN'2015 is as follows:

  1. Papers being submitted both to JURIX'2015 and JURISIN'2015 must note this on the title page.
  2. A paper to be presented at JURIX'2015 must be withdrawn from JURISIN'2015 and vice versa according to the choice by the authors.
  3. If the authors do not follow this double submission policy, the paper by the authors will not be included in the proceedings of JURIX'2015.

Posters & Demos

Authors can submit short descriptions of a system, preliminary results or an innovative idea as a poster or demo paper.
Poster and demo papers should not exceed 4 pages when formatted using the the IOS Press Instructions for Authors.

These papers are to be submitted through the Easychair conference management system under either the "Poster" or "Demo" submission category.

Doctoral Consortium

JURIX 2015 will feature a Doctoral Consortium. It will provide graduate students an opportunity to publish short papers, to present posters about their research and to receive feedback and encouragement from the AI and Law community.

A full call for papers for the JURIX 2014 DC will be distributed separately.

The deadline for Doctoral Consortium submissions is Friday, 25 September 2015.

Best Student Paper Award

A best student paper award will be awarded.

Workshops & Tutorials

Proposals for tutorials and workshops are invited and strongly encouraged. All proposals, including a short description of the topic, should be sent to the Program Chair by email.

The deadline for workshop & tutorial proposals is Friday, 11 September 2015.

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