The legal domain applies to every aspect of people’s living and evolves continuously, building a huge network of interlinked legal documents. Therefore, it is important for a government to offer services that make legal information easily accessible to the citizens, enabling them to defend their rights, auditing public procurement, or to use legislation as part of their job. It is equally important to have professionals (lawyers, judges, administrations, etc.) access legislation in ways that allow them to do their job easily (e.g., they might need to be able to see the evolution of a law over time). Despite recent efforts to make all this accessible and transparent to both citizens and the companies involved, the level of implementation in different countries and layers of public administration still makes access difficult. For this reason, in the age of the Web it is important to develop applications for citizens and professionals easily, by connecting the available legal information with other kinds of government or private sector information.
The vision of the AI4LEGAL workshop is to bring together Artificial Intelligence and practitioners to discuss the digitization of legal documents, such as legislation and public procurement data, in today’s interconnected world.
The semantic web is gradually gaining ground in the legal domain, which was previously reluctant to incorporate technology in its procedures. Additionally, novel topics are becoming more and more of interest in last years; new legislation concerning COVID19 pandemics, as well as concern regarding public procurement. Although the legal domain has always tried to stay out of the digitization that has already reached other domains, the recent pandemic and the implementation of teleworking have forced the creation of new procedures and the forced digitization of several previously existing procedures. It is time to boost the semantic web in this domain.
The expected audience will be researchers and practitioners from the Semantic Web area working or interested on the legal domain or in public procurement.
There is already a strong community of people interested in the topics of the workshop, that usually attend either semantic web conferences or legal domain-related conferences, such as the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICLAI), or the International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX). The objective is to attract both the intersection of ISWC and these workshop, as well as people working on relevant topics (public sector employees, the legal profession and companies producing relevant software). Recent papers both in public procurement and the legal domain demonstrate the growing interest in the application of the semantic web to these domains.
All deadlines are 11.59 pm UTC -12h (“anywhere on Earth”).
Contributions to the workshop can include research papers, industry papers and posters/statements of interest, as well as advancements in projects related to the topic of the workshop. The maximum length of the papers must be 10 pages. The workshop is running an open review process, and selected papers will be published in CEUR. The papers must follow the LNCS style (please see Springer’s Author Instructions) and be submitted in PDF format through the workshop submission site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ai4legal0.
The programme of the workshop will be available soon.
María Navas-Loro, PhD (Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain)
Prof. Manolis Koubarakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Prof. Ken Satoh (Principles of Informatics Research Division, National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Asst. Prof. Sabrina Kirrane (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Elena Montiel-Ponsoda, Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Harshvardhan J. Pandit, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
John Dann, Ministère d'Etat - Service central de législation, Luxembourg
Grigoris Antoniou, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Ion Androutsopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Ilias Chalkidis, AI Centre of Excellence in Document Intelligence (DICE) - IIT NSCR ‘Demokritos' and AUEB, Greece
Thierry Declerck, DFKI GmbH, Germany
Patricia Martín-Chozas, Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Martin Kaltenböck, Semantic Web Company, Austria
George Karvelis, European Public Law Organization, Greece
Marc van Opijnen, Publications Office of the Netherlands and European Case Law Identifier expert group, The Netherlands
Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Pablo Calleja, Ontology Engineering Group, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Martin Theobald, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
For any question or request, please send an email to mnavas(AT)fi.upm.es