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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Artificial Intelligence and Law, 10-14 June 2013, Rome, ITALY


Sponsored by:

The International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL)

ITTIG-CNR (Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques of the CNR)

Call for Papers, Workshop Proposals and Demonstrations

The field of AI and Law is concerned with:

* the study of legal reasoning using computational methods

* the study of AI and other advanced information technologies, using law as an example domain

* formal models of norms, normative systems, norm-governed societies

* legal and quasi-legal applications of AI and other advanced information technologies

The ICAIL conference is the primary international conference addressing research in Artificial 
Intelligence and Law, and has been organized biennially since 1987 under the auspices of the 
International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL). ICAIL provides a forum 
for the presentation and discussion of the latest research results and practical applications; 
it fosters interdisciplinary and international collaboration. The conference proceedings are 
published by ACM. The journal /Artificial Intelligence and Law/ regularly publishes expanded 
versions of selected ICAIL papers.

ICAIL 2013, the fourteenth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, invites 
the submission of papers on a broad spectrum of research topics. Authors are invited to submit 
papers on topics including but not restricted to

* Formal and computational models of legal reasoning

* Knowledge acquisition techniques for the legal domain, including natural language processing 
and data mining

* Computational models of argumentation and decision making

* Legal knowledge representation including legal ontologies and common sense knowledge

* Automatic legal text classification and summarization

* Automated information extraction from legal databases and texts

* Machine learning and data mining applied to legal databases

* Conceptual or model-based legal information retrieval

* E-discovery and e-disclosure

* E-government and e-justice

* Computational models of evidential reasoning

* Modeling norms for multi-agent systems

* Modeling negotiation and contract formation

* Computational models of case-based legal reasoning

* Online dispute resolution

* Intelligent legal tutoring systems

* Intelligent support systems for the legal domain

* Interdisciplinary applications of legal informatics methods and systems

Two tracks: regular papers and innovative applications papers

For ICAIL 2013, authors are invited to submit papers in one of two tracks: 
regular and innovative applications.  In addition to papers about results and findings from 
systems, approaches, or theoretical models (in the conference's regular track), we encourage the 
submission of original papers about innovative applications. Both regular track papers and 
innovative applications papers will be assessed in a rigorous reviewing procedure. Standard 
assessment criteria for research papers will apply to all submissions (relevance, originality, 
significance, technical quality, evaluation, presentation). Papers proposing formal or 
computational models should provide examples and/or simulations that show the models' 
applicability to a realistic legal problem or domain. Papers on innovative applications 
should describe clearly the motivations behind the project, the techniques employed, and the 
current state of both implementation and evaluation. All papers should make clear their relation 
to prior work.


A session will be organized for the demonstration of creative, robust and practical working 
applications and tools. Where a demonstration is not connected to a paper in a track, a two-page 
extended abstract about the system should be submitted for review by the paper submission deadline 
via the conference management system and following the conference style. Accepted extended 
abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. For those demonstrations that are 
connected to a paper in the regular track or innovative applications track, no separate statement 
about the demonstration should be submitted.

ICAIL Workshops and Tutorials

ICAIL 2013 will include workshops and tutorials on the first and last days. 
Proposals for workshops and tutorials are invited, and should be sent to the Program Chair. 
Tutorials should cover a broad topic of relevance to the AI and Law community. Proposals should 
contain enough information to permit evaluation on the basis of importance, quality, and community 
interest. Each workshop should have one or more designated organizers and a program or organizing 
committee. Proposals should be 2 to 4 pages and include at least the following

* The workshop or tutorial topic and goals, their significance, and their appropriateness for ICAIL 2013

* The intended audience, including the research areas from which participants may come, the likely 
number of participants (with some of their names, if known), and plans for publicizing the workshop

* Organization of the workshop or tutorial, including the intended format (such as invited talks, 
presentations, panel discussions, or other methods for ensuring an interactive atmosphere) and the 
expected length (full day or half day)

* Organizers' details: a description of the main organizers' backgrounds in the proposed topic; 
and complete addresses including web pages of all organizers and committee members (if applicable).

Mentoring Program for ICAIL 2013

The International Association for AI and Law (IAAIL) will offer a mentoring program for papers 
being submitted to ICAIL.  The program is intended primarily for junior authors who have not 
previously published an Artificial Intelligence and Law paper at a conference or in a journal. 
If you would like help with your submission, you may ask for a mentor: a person who will help 
you with your submission to the IAAIL audience through one-on-one advising, usually via email. 
To request a mentor, please send email to Jack Conrad at Jack.G.Conrad@ThomsonReuters.com by the 
Mentoring program request deadline. 

Please include your name and the names of your co-authors; the name of your school/department and 
institution; a plain-text description of your work (a title and abstract is a minimum requirement);
and any specific questions or areas in which you would like help.  For further details about the
mentoring program, see http://icail2013.ittig.cnr.it.

Important Dates

These dates are tentative and subject to change

* Mentoring program request deadline: November 9, 2012

* Mentoring program paper deadline: November 16, 2012

* Submission of workshop and tutorial proposals: December 7, 2012

* Submission of abstracts (optional): January 11, 2013

* Submission of papers deadline: January 18, 2013

* Notification of acceptance: March 20, 2013

* Final revised and formatted papers due: April 19, 2013

* Conference: June 10 - June 14, 2013

Submission Details

Papers should not exceed 5000 words. If an approved style file is used, the maximum length is 10 
pages. Style format template files can be found at 
Papers should be submitted electronically to the conference support system, 
https://www.conftool.net/icail2013/, in PDF or MS Word format, by the paper submission deadline.

To aid the reviewing process, authors are requested to submit abstracts of their papers by the 
above abstract submission deadline. Abstract submissions should also include the paper title, 
up to four keywords, and a contact address for the principal author.

Both papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically to the conference support system.

Authors will be notified of the referees' decision in March 2013. Papers not accepted for full 
publication and presentation may be accepted as short research abstracts. Papers (including 
research abstracts) must be presented at the conference in order to appear in the proceedings. 
Final versions of papers for publication in the proceedings will be due in April 2013.

Donald H. Berman Award for Best Student Paper

To encourage participation by students, IAAIL has created the Donald H. Berman Award for the best 
paper submitted to ICAIL by a student or students. The award consists of a cash gift and free 
attendance at ICAIL 2013. For a paper to be considered for the award, the student author(s) 
should be clearly designated as such when the paper is submitted, and any nonstudent co-authors 
should provide a statement that the paper is primarily student work. Notification will be made 
through the ICAIL website, and the award will be presented at the conference banquet.

Conference Officials

Program Chair

Bart Verheij

Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen


Conference Chair

Enrico Francesconi

ITTIG - CNR, Florence



Anne Gardner

Atherton, California, USA