ICAIL 2019 - The 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law - Third Call for Papers, Demonstrations, Workshops & Tutorials

Cyberjustice Laboratory, University of Montreal, Canada
June 17 to June 21, 2019

For more than 30 years, the ICAIL conference has been the foremost international conference addressing research in Artificial Intelligence and Law. It is organized biennially under the auspices of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL), and in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). The conference proceedings are published by ACM

ICAIL 2019 will take place in Montreal, Canada, at the Cyberjustice Laboratory of the University of Montreal from June 17 to June 21, 2019.

We invite submissions of papers, technology demonstrations and proposals for workshops and tutorials

The submission deadline for papers and technology demonstrations has been extended to 28 January 2019.

As the conference approaches, more information will be published on the conference website: www.icail2019-cyberjustice.com.


Program Chair - Floris Bex (Utrecht University & Tilburg University) - f.j.bex@uu.nl
General Chair - Karim Benyekhlef (University of Montreal) - karim.benyekhlef@umontreal.ca
Doctoral Consortium & Mentoring Program Chair - Michał Araszkiewicz (Jagiellonian University) - michal.araszkiewicz@uj.edu.pl
Industry Chair – Katie Atkinson (University of Liverpool) - K.M.Atkinson@liverpool.ac.uk
Local Organizer - Karima Smouk (University of Montreal) - karima.smouk@umontreal.ca
Secretary/Treasurer – Anne Gardner (Palo Alto, CA, USA) – gardner@cs.stanford.edu


We invite submission of original papers on Artificial Intelligence & Law, covering foundations, methods, tools, systems and applications. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Argument mining from legal texts
  • Automated information extraction from legal databases and texts
  • Automatic legal text classification and summarization
  • Computational methods for negotiation and contract formation
  • Computer-assisted dispute resolution
  • Deontic logics for legal reasoning
  • e-discovery and e-disclosure
  • e-government, e-democracy and e-justice
  • Ethical and legal issues of AI technology and its applications
  • Formal and computational models of evidential reasoning
  • Formal and computational models of legal reasoning (e.g. argumentation, case-based reasoning)
  • Intelligent legal tutoring systems
  • Intelligent support systems for law and forensics
  • Interdisciplinary applications of legal informatics methods and systems
  • Knowledge acquisition techniques for the legal domain, including natural language processing, argument and data mining
  • Machine learning and data analytics applied to the legal domain
  • Modelling norms and norm-governed systems
  • Ontologies and legal knowledge representation
  • Open and linked data in the legal domain
  • Smart contracts and application of blockchain in the legal domain

ICAIL is keen to broaden its scope to include topics of growing importance in artificial intelligence research. Therefore, we want to draw particular attention to two tracks:

  • Innovative applications in AI and Law - presenting innovative, realistic applications that fall within any of the core AI & Law topics. Innovative applications papers will be subject to the same rigorous reviewing process as standard papers, but the emphasis is less on novel scientific contributions and more on the innovative and novel application of techniques from AI & Law to real problems.
  • Ethical and legal issues of AI technology and its applications - presenting research on legal and ethical norms for AI technology and its applications. Papers in this track will be subject to the same rigorous reviewing process as standard papers, but the emphasis is less on formal frameworks and results and more on legal, philosophical and social perspectives on AI.


The deadline for paper submission is **Sunday, January 20, 2019** (Extended Deadline: January 28, 2019)

Papers (up to 10 pages) should present worked-out ideas on relevant topics. Papers on machine learning or data mining should include clear results and a discussion of those results. 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 applications should describe clearly the underlying motivations, the techniques employed, and the current state of both implementation and evaluation. All papers should make clear their relation to prior work.

Papers should not exceed the page limit in the approved style: the ACM sigconf template (for LaTeX) or the interim template layout.docx (for Word), both at http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template. All papers should be converted to PDF prior to electronic submission. Papers that do not adhere to these conditions will be summarily rejected.

Submissions should be uploaded in the conference support system (https://www.conftool.net/icail2019/) by the paper submission deadline. For each submission, it should be indicated whether it belongs in the standard track or one of the special tracks (Innovative Applications or Ethical and Legal Issues) using the facility provided by the submission system.

Reviewing will be double blind. The first page of each submitted paper should include the title of the paper and the ID number of the paper as allocated when the paper is registered on the conference support system. Papers submitted for review should not include names and affiliations of the authors, nor an acknowledgments section. These aspects can be added at the camera-ready stage. The references should include published literature relevant to the paper, including previous works of the authors, though care should be taken in the style of writing in order to preserve anonymity.


The deadline for demonstration submission is **Sunday, January 20, 2019**

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 submitted paper, a two-page extended abstract about the system should be submitted for review, via the conference support 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 main track, no separate statement about the demonstration need be submitted, but the author(s) should send an email to the Program Chair by the demo submission deadline to register their interest in demonstrating their work at this session.


The deadline for the proposal of workshops and tutorials is **Sunday, December 9, 2018**

ICAIL 2019 will include workshops and tutorials on Monday, June 17 and Friday, June 21. Tutorials should cover a broad topic of relevance to the AI and Law community, and should have one or more designated organizers/speakers. A workshop is intended for informal discussion, and should have one or more designated organizers and a program or organizing committee. Proposals should contain enough information to permit evaluation on the basis of importance, quality, and community interest. Proposals should be 2 to 4 pages and include at least the following information:

  • The workshop or tutorial topic and goals, their significance, and their appropriateness for ICAIL 2019
  • 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’ background in the proposed topic; and complete addresses including web pages of all organizers and committee members (if applicable)

Proposals for workshops and tutorials can be sent by email to the program chair, Floris Bex (f.j.bex@uu.nl).


The deadline for the request of a mentor is **Sunday, Novermber 4, 2018**

IAAIL is offering a mentoring program aimed 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 who will help you with your submission to the IAAIL audience through one-on-one advising, usually via e-mail and Skype. A mentor can also familiarize you with the standards of ICAIL submissions. Mentors are volunteers familiar with successful submissions.

A mentor request should contain at least the following information:

  • Your name and the names of your co-authors;
  • The name of your school (or department) and institution;
  • A plain-text description of your work (a title and abstract is a minimum requirement);
  • Any specific questions or areas in which you would like help.

To request a mentor, please send email by the Mentoring Program Request Deadline to the mentoring program chair, Michał Araszkiewicz (michal.araszkiewicz@uj.edu.pl).


A Doctoral Consortium will be held as part of ICAIL 2019. The event will provide doctoral students with an opportunity to publish and present papers on their PhD research and to receive feedback and encouragement from the AI and Law community. Students who submit papers to the main conference are also welcome to submit their work to the Doctoral Consortium. The Doctorial Consortium Chair for ICAIL 2019 is Michał Araszkiewicz. A call for papers specifically for the Doctoral Consortium will be forthcoming; the deadline for the submission of Doctorial Consortium papers is expected to be April 2019.


IAAIL has established three different awards, to be presented at the conference banquet.

**Donald H. Berman Award for Best Student Paper

The best student paper award is in memory of Donald H. Berman, a professor of law at Northeastern University, who was a co-founder of the Artificial Intelligence and Law journal. The award consists of a cash gift and free attendance at ICAIL 2019. For a paper to be considered for the award, the student author(s) should be clearly designated as such when the paper is submitted using the facility provided by the submission system, and any non-student co-authors should provide a statement by email to the Program Chair that affirms that the paper is primarily student work.

**Carole Hafner Award for Best Paper

The best paper award is given in memory of Carole Hafner, an associate professor of computer science at Northeastern University. She was one of the founders of the ICAIL conference and a founding editor of the journal Artificial Intelligence and Law.

**Peter Jackson Award for Best Innovative Application Paper

The best innovative application paper award is dedicated to the memory of Peter Jackson, Thomson Reuters’ Chief Research Scientist, who was a strong supporter of the ICAIL conferences and a significant contributor to the development of advanced technologies in AI and Law.


  • Deadline for request to take part in mentoring program: November 4, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of workshop and tutorial proposals: December 9, 2019
  • Deadline for submission of papers & demonstrations: January 20, 2019 - Extended Deadline: January 28, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance papers & demonstrations: March 24, 2019 - Extended: April 8, 2019
  • Conference: June 17-21, 2019

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