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AI4LEGAL 2020 : International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Technologies for Legal Documents


When Nov 2, 2020 - Nov 3, 2020
Where There is no physical venue. The workshop
Submission Deadline Aug 17, 2020

Call For Papers

International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Technologies for Legal Documents (AI4LEGAL2020)
In the context of the International Semantic Web Conference 2020 (ISWC 2020)
Virtual Event
November 2 or 3, 2020

Legislation 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 legislation
easily accessible to the citizens aiming at informing them, enabling them to defend their rights, or to use
legislation as part of their job. It is equally important to have law professionals (lawyers, judges, 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). Finally, in the age of the Web, it is important to enable software developers
to develop applications for citizens and law professionals easily, by connecting the available laws with other
kinds of government or private sector information. Towards this direction, there are already many countries in
Europe and elsewhere that have computerized the legislative process by developing platforms for archiving legislation
documents and offering on-line access to them using standards such as Akoma Ntoso (aka LegalDocML) which is an OASIS
standard, the European standard CEN-MetaLex, the European Legislation Identifier, the European Case Law Identifier etc.
There also private companies (e.g., ROSS Intelligence, LexisNexis, RAVEL, LexMachina etc.) that specialize on providing
digital services for law, case law, compliance, contracts, etc. The vision of the AI4LEGAL international workshop is
to bring together Artificial Intelligence researchers and practitioners to work on the problem of digitization of
legislation and legal documents in today’s interconnected world.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
-Natural language processing techniques for legal documents
-Legal knowledge graphs
-Knowledge representation and reasoning techniques for legal documents
-Explainable AI for legal documents
-Linked data for legal documents
-Machine learning techniques for legal documents
-Scalable deep learning techniques for legal text analytics
-Question answering for legal documents
-Chatbots for legal documents
-Language resources for digital legal document research and development
-National or international initiatives and digital platforms for legislation
-Specific application areas (legislation, judicial decisions, case law, compliance, contracts)

Contributions to the workshop can be made in terms of long or short papers. Long papers should be at most 16 pages
including references. Short papers should be of at most 8 pages including references. All contributions should be
prepared in PDF format and should be submitted through the workshop submission site.

-All papers and abstracts have to be submitted electronically via
-All submissions must be in English.
-Submissions must be in PDF formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture
Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For details on the LNCS style, see Springer’s Author Instructions.
-Accepted papers will be published as AI4LEGAL workshop proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register
for the workshop to present the paper.
-The proceedings of the workshop will be made publicly available before the workshop on the

Important Dates
Activities |Due Date
Papers due |August 17, 2020
Notification of acceptance or rejection |September 11, 2020
Camera ready paper due |September 25, 2020

All deadlines are midnight Athens time (GMT+2).

Workshop Format
The workshop will follow the traditional format (invited talks, presentations by paper authors, questions from the audience)
but will encourage discussion and identification of open issues by giving enough time for questions after presentations.

There is no physical venue. The workshop will be held on-line like the rest of ISWC 2020.

Program Chairs
Grigoris Antoniou, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (
Guido Governatori, Data 61 CSIRO, Australia (
Manolis Koubarakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Leader of Nomothesia project, Greece (
Elena Montiel Ponsoda, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (
Eleni Tsalapati, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Program Committee
Nikolaos Aletras, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Ion Androutsopoulos, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Karim Benyekhlef, Cyberjustice Laboratory, University of Montreal, Canada
Ilias Chalkidis, Athens University of Economics and Business and NCSR Demokritos, Greece
Jack G. Conrad, Thomson Reuters, United States of America
Randy Goebel, University of Alberta and ROSS Intelligence, Canada
Martin Kaltenböck, Semantic Web Company, Austria
George Karvelis, Ministry of Digital Governance and European Public Law Organization, Greece
John P. McCrae, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, Ireland
Marc van Opijnen, Publications Office of the Netherlands and European Case Law Identifier expert group, The Netherlands
Jeff Z. Pan, The University of Aberdeen, UK
Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Pompeu Casanovas Romeu, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and La Trobe University, Australia
Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics and Sokendai, Japan
Clara Smith, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
Martin Theobald, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Leon van de Torre, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
John Zeleznikow, Victoria University, Australia

== Contact ==
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