AI4LEGAL - International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Technologies for Legal Documents

In the context of ISWC 2019, Auckland, New Zealand

AI4LEGAL aims to bring together Artificial Intelligence and Big Data researchers and practitioners to discuss issues related to the digitization of legislation and other legal documents in today’s interconnected world.
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, and by having a panel session covering this at the end of the day. The panel members will cover academia, industry and national legislation initiatives. The invited talks will also come from people leading important activities in the three pillars of digital legislation. It will also stress the presentation of demos by industry, government or academia on digital legislation systems (e.g., national platforms for legislation).

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
  • Big data technologies for legal documents
  • Machine translation for legal documents
  • 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
  • Multilingualism
  • Big data issues (e.g., scalability) in digital legislation platforms
  • Specific application areas (legislation, judicial decisions, case law, compliance, contracts, etc.)


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
  • All submissions must be in English
  • Papers that exceed the page limits will be rejected without review.
  • Submissions must be either in PDF or in HTML, 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
  • We encourage embedding metadata in the PDF to provide a machine readable link from the paper to the resource.
  • Authors of accepted papers will be required to provide semantic annotations for the abstract of their submission, which will be made available on the conference Web site. Details will be provided at the time of acceptance.
  • Accepted papers will be published as AI4LEGAL workshop proceedings. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper there.
  • The proceedings of the workshop will be made publicly available before the workshop and will also be published on the platform A special issue of a journal devoted to this workshop might also be planned.
  • Students will be able to apply for travel support to attend the conference. Further details will appear on the ISWC 2019 web site.

Important Dates

Due Date

AI4LEGAL papers due
June 28, 2019

Student grant application
July 12, 2019

Workshop papers notification
July 24, 2019

Student grant notification
July 26, 2019

All deadlines are midnight Hawaii time (GMT-10).

Program Chairs
Grigoris Antoniou, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Guido Governatori, Data 61 CSIRO, Australia
Yoshinobu Kano, Shizuoka University, Japan
Manolis Koubarakis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (main contact)
Elena Montiel Ponsoda, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

Program Committee

  • Ion Androutsopoulos, Economic University of Athens, Greece
  • Karim Benyekhlef, Cyberjustice Laboratory, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Paul Buitelaar, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Ilias Chalkidis, Cognitive Plus, UK and Economic University of Athens, Greece Jack G. Conrad, Thomson Reuters, United States of America
  • John Dann, Service central de législation, Ministère d'État, Le Gouvernement du Grand Duché de Luxembourg and European Legislation Identifier (ELI) Expert Group
  • Johannes Dimyadi, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • George Giannopoulos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Randy Goebel, University of Alberta and ROSS Intelligence, Canada
  • Martin Kaltenböck, Semantic Web Company, Austria
  • Dimitris Kampas, KPMG, Luxembourg
  • George Karvelis, European Public Law Organization, Greece
  • Nguyen Le Minh, Advanced Institute of Information Technology, Japan
  • Marc van Opijnen, Publications Office of the Netherlands and European Case Law Identifier Expert Group
  • Pompeu Casanovas Romeu, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and La Trobe University, Australia
  • Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics and Sokendai, Japan Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain Martin Theobald, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Leon van de Torre, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Stavros Vassos, Helvia, Greece
  • Mary-Anne Williams, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • John Zeleznikow, Victoria University, Australia

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