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SEMANTiCS 2020 : 16th International Conference on Semantic Systems - LegalTech Track


When Sep 7, 2020 - Sep 10, 2020
Where Amsterdam
Abstract Registration Due Apr 18, 2020
Submission Deadline Apr 25, 2020
Notification Due Jun 8, 2020
Final Version Due Jul 1, 2020
Categories    semantics   legal   semantic web   law

Call For Papers

*** 16th International Conference on Semantic Systems (SEMANTiCS 2020) - LegalTech track ***
Webpage: | Twitter: @SemanticsConf


The R&I track is open for submissions. The Poster & Demo and Workshops have been cancelled. SEMANTiCS will return as a physical conference next year in Amsterdam. For more information, please see

All submissions will undergo high-quality reviews and accepted papers will be published open-access, in case a sufficient amount of high-quality papers gets accepted.

Besides the proceedings, authors of accepted papers will be asked to submit presentation videos (5-10 minutes) which will be collected on a web page together with a recorded welcome and introduction statements from the chairs. This shall replace the obligatory paper presentation and will contribute to a good documentation of the authors’ work.


Call for papers - LegalTech track
Important dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 18, 2020 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
Paper Submission Deadline: April 25, 2020 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
Notification of Acceptance: June 08, 2020 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
Camera-Ready Paper: July 01, 2020 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)
Video upload: August 30, 2020 (11:59 pm, Hawaii time)

Description of the LegalTech track:

Globalisation and digitization have put a lot of pressure on legal professionals and have increased the number of cross-border, cross-jurisdictional activities of both individuals and businesses alike, bringing with it the need for innovative LegalTech solutions that can support legal professionals, governments and administrations as well as NGOs and even individual citizens across Europe. From a societal perspective, there is a need to grant citizens more control and transparency with respect to the processing of their personal data. From a business perspective, there is a need for tools and techniques that make daily work more efficient and effective and drive new business models, so that society as a whole can benefit from new capabilities that AI and other technologies can provide despite a more and more complex legal environment. Towards this end, the LegalTech sub topic aims to explore legal tech mechanisms, processes and methodologies that are now critically needed to support the next generation of semantic applications. We welcome contributions both from academia as well as industry-focused case-studies and applications.

Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:

* Legal ontologies, vocabularies and thesauri
* Legal knowledge graphs
* Legal text processing and mining
* Semantic Web techniques and e-discovery in large legal document collections
* Semantics for multi-linguality or multi-jurisdiction
* Automated regulatory compliance solutions
* Personal data processing consent and transparency
* Machine processing of and reasoning upon data licenses and policies
* Data licensing and policy propagation in linked data
* User-friendly applications and interface design for legal semantic information
* Law, Intellectual property and legal issues for data and schemas
* Law and governance in e-democracy and e-participation

Author Guidelines and Submission for paper submissions

* The Research and Innovation Track welcomes long and short papers.
* Long papers should have a maximum length of 15 pages (including references) and short papers of 6 pages (including references).
* Submissions should follow the guidelines of the Springer LNCS format. Details are available here.
* Abstract submission for all papers is a strict requirement.
* All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via Easychair:
* Submissions must be in English.
* Submissions are not anonymous.
* Accepted research papers will be published by Springer in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.
* At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper.
* Papers will not be accepted that, at the time of submission, are under review or have already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference.
* Authors of accepted papers will be asked to submit presentation videos (5-10 minutes) which will be collected on a web page together with a recorded welcome and introduction statements from the chairs. This shall replace the obligatory paper presentation and will contribute to a good documentation of the authors’ work.

Review and Evaluation Criteria for paper submissions

* Each submission will be reviewed by several PC members.
* The reviewing process is single-blind.

Papers submitted to this track will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
* Appropriateness
* Originality, novelty, and innovativeness
* Impact of results
* Soundness of the evaluation
* Proper comparison to related work
* Clarity and quality of writing

We are looking forward to your contribution!

Special Track Chairs:
Harshvardhan J. Pandit, ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Sabrina Kirrane, University of Business and Economics, Vienna

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